Junior Brown: Greatest Hits by Junior Brown on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

This retrospective compilation of Junior Brown recordings shows that there are three artists living in the body of the Texas-based performer. As the inventor (and sole master) of the hybrid “guit-steel” guitar, Brown is an instrumental innovator and virtuoso. He's also a singer and songwriter who understands the artistry and cleverness required to create a lasting country song. Lastly, he's an iconoclast, remaining faithful to heroes of the '50s and '60s while gleefully pulling strands of jazz, blues, and surf music into his vision of country. Though Brown’s music has a proudly vintage tint to it, the songs are so much fun that his recordings never seem old and musty. He's both hilarious and frighteningly skillful, but the outstanding quality of his music is its energy. “Highway Patrol,” “Freeborn Man," and “Semi-Crazy” provide a jolt of caffeinated early-rock delight. While he's proud to carry on the traditions of Ernest Tubb and Dave Dudley, Brown’s unerring belief in high-voltage electricity gives him equal share in the history of high-energy rock 'n' roll.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This retrospective compilation of Junior Brown recordings shows that there are three artists living in the body of the Texas-based performer. As the inventor (and sole master) of the hybrid “guit-steel” guitar, Brown is an instrumental innovator and virtuoso. He's also a singer and songwriter who understands the artistry and cleverness required to create a lasting country song. Lastly, he's an iconoclast, remaining faithful to heroes of the '50s and '60s while gleefully pulling strands of jazz, blues, and surf music into his vision of country. Though Brown’s music has a proudly vintage tint to it, the songs are so much fun that his recordings never seem old and musty. He's both hilarious and frighteningly skillful, but the outstanding quality of his music is its energy. “Highway Patrol,” “Freeborn Man," and “Semi-Crazy” provide a jolt of caffeinated early-rock delight. While he's proud to carry on the traditions of Ernest Tubb and Dave Dudley, Brown’s unerring belief in high-voltage electricity gives him equal share in the history of high-energy rock 'n' roll.

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About Junior Brown

A singer and demon guitarist whose raucous blend of country and rock & roll helped make him a successful crossover act, Junior Brown was born in 1952 and raised in the backwoods of Kirksville, IN. He first learned to play the piano from his father, and was exposed to country through radio and TV, becoming a fan of Ernest Tubb's music and television program. He became a professional musician at the tail end of the '60s, while still in his teens.

After honing his guitar skills in relative anonymity throughout the '70s, Brown became an instructor at the Hank Thompson School of Country Music, an affiliate of Rogers State College in Oklahoma. There, while teaching under the auspices of steel guitar legend Leon McAuliffe, a onetime member of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Brown met "the lovely Miss Tanya Rae," a student whom he would later marry in 1988 and who eventually joined his band as a rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist. At the same time, a dream prompted him to set about creating an instrument fusing a six-string guitar with its steel counterpart. Contacting guitar maker Michael Stevens in 1985, he developed the "guit-steel," a double-necked guitar combining the standard instrument with the steel. (A decade later, the two men reunited to update the "guit-steel," and Brown's cherry axe, "Big Red," was born.) After moving to Austin, TX, Brown and his group became the house band at the city's Continental Club, where strong word-of-mouth eventually earned them a record deal. He made his long-awaited album debut in 1993 with 12 Shades of Brown, which featured a tribute to his biggest influence, "My Baby Don't Dance to Nothing but Ernest Tubb." It also showcased his often-stunning instrumental work, and blended Western swing, honky tonk, and electrified Bakersfield country. Guit With It followed later in the year, and like its predecessor, was met with considerable critical acclaim. After a five-song stopgap EP, 1995's Junior High, Brown returned in 1996 with Semi-Crazy, which continued in the vein established on his previous recordings. The Long Walk Back followed two years later, and displayed a bit more rockabilly flavor. Brown issued his fifth album, Mixed Bag, in 2001. His next record, 2004's Down Home Chrome, found him on a new label (Telarc) but with the same tried and true sound. Curb released a twelve-song Greatest Hits collection in June of 2005, followed by Telarc's Live at the Continental Club: The Austin Experience later that September. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • ORIGIN
    Cottonwood, AZ
  • BORN
    Jun 12, 1952

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