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Live At the Continental Club: The Austin Experience

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Live at the Continental Club captures guitarist Junior Brown in his native habitat: Austin's Continental Club, where he and his band have held a Sunday-night residency for most of his career. This is the way live albums should sound. It's informal, but not so much so that the performer lets go of the need to impress. It's relaxed, but with an edge that produces moments of pure improvisation, where it feels like Brown’s fingers are moving two steps faster than his brain. And it's utterly familial, in which the affection and comfort between audience and performer becomes a palpable part of the music. This album makes the case that no performer alive does chrome-plated country music better than Brown. “Broke Down South of Dallas,” “Highway Patrol," and “Long Walk Back to San Antone” are vintage country songs sharpened to the edge of a switchblade. As if to prove he can do it all and then some more, Brown turns in a raucous Spanish-language tune called “Juan Charasquado” with guest Flaco Jiménez on accordion. Therein is the authentic sound of a South Texas party in progress.

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Live at the Continental Club

Being an Austinite, I have seen Junior play at the Continental Club, and I will testify that those were great shows. He is an unbelievable guitarist, able to improvise in many styles, and jump from jazz to country to blues to surf music within a song or two, and still make it all work. Still, his more traditional country songs are great. His shows at the Continental sounded just great, and that was with a snare drummer, an upright bass, and his wife on acoustic rhythm guitar! One night Buddy Miles was playing the snare- fantastic. There's nothing phony about Junior, he is the real thing.

Junior Brown Live

As a long-time Junior Brown fan, the only thing disappointing about this is its brevity. This album deserves a series of sequels, showing off Brown's capabilities, including everything from old-time Texas honky-tonk to knocking down Jimi Hendrix riffs better than Jimi himself. His jams on Sugarfoot Rag etc. are legendary. But this is a pretty good showcase -- please record more!

A must for all guitar enthusiasts

I've had the pleasure to see Junior in concert three times, and he puts on the best live performances I've ever seen. This guy is jaw dropping amazing. When I go to his shows I find myself grinning from ear to ear, dumbfounded by his mastery of the guitar. This record is a good sample of a Junior Brown concert, but if you ever get a chance to see him live, don't miss it.


Born: June 12, 1952 in Cottonwood, AZ

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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