Down Home Chrome (Remastered) Junior Brown

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Label: Telarc

Genre: Country

Subgenre: Honky Tonk

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  • 1Little Rivi-Airhead03:39
  • 2It Hurts When I Do That03:12
  • 3Where Has All the Money Gone?03:13
  • 4The Bridge Washed Out03:00
  • 5Hill Country Hot Rod Man05:37
  • 6Jimmy Jones04:47
  • 7Let's Go Back02:55
  • 8Two Rons Don't Make It Right02:59
  • 9You Inspire Me04:23
  • 10Are You Just Cuttin' Up?03:23
  • 11Foxy Lady06:54
  • 12Monkey Wrench Blues10:13
  • Total Runtime54:15

Info for Down Home Chrome (Remastered)

Den Namen Junior Brown kennen bislang in erster Linie nur Insider. Der 51-jährige Sänger und Gitarrist aus Austin, Texas, sieht aus wie ein Bankangestellter und hat im Verlauf seiner Karriere erst acht Alben aufgenommen. In der amerikanischen Countryszene gilt er jedoch trotzdem als Crossover-Phänomen. Allein schon wegen seines Instruments, einer spezial angefertigten Gitarre, die zwei Hälse besitzt und wechselndes normales oder Slide-Guitar-Spiel ermöglicht. Hinzu kommt, dass Junior Brown die Country-Musik nur als Ausgangspunkt für seine Ausflüge in die unterschiedlichsten Richtungen versteht.

Western Swing, Honky Tonk, Bakersfield, Blues, Rock – „mit einer Stimme, die so tief liegt wie eine texanische Ölquelle“ (Pitch Weekly) und atemberaubenden Gitarrenspiel wechselt Junior Brown die Stile schneller als manch anderer Musiker sein bewährtes Bühnenoutfit. Ernest Tubb, Hank Thompson und Chet Atkins waren frühe Einflüsse, die der Gitarrist unter dem Eindruck vom 1969er Woodstock-Festival einer Radikalkur unterzogen hat. Und so kommt es, dass er den Jimi-Hendrix-Hit „Foxy Lady“ auf „Down Home Chrome“ mindestens ebenso radikal interpretiert wie die verstorbene Rocklegende. Purer Texas-Blues zeichnet die Nummer „Hill Country Hot Rod Man“ aus und „You Inspire Me“ flirtet sogar mit Jazz. Auch seine Texte sind gezeichnet von Lust zu absurdem Humor, nachzuhören besonders auf „Two Rons Don’t Make It Right“. Höchste Zeit also, sich mit dem Musiker Junior Brown auseinander zu setzen.

Fazit: Kraftvolle pure Country Music, von einem Mann der es versteht den Hörer mit „seinem Sound“ zu fesseln.

Junior Brown, Gesang, Gitarre, Steel Gitarre
Pig Robbins, Klavier
Yanya Rae Brown, Gesang, Gitarre
Michael Bellew, Gitarre
Johnny Penner, Bass
Pete Amaral, Schlagzeug
Sam Levine, Saxophon
Mike Haynes, Trompete
Chris Dunn, Posaune

Digitally remastered

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.

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