Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Junior Brown
Jamieson "Junior" Brown is a modern day country music artist in the grand Honky Tonk tradition of the legendary Hank Thompson. He is probably best known for inventing a double necked guitar known as guit-steel. He was probably a little too country to have much chart success in the 90s. He was born June 12, 1957 in Kirksville, IN and grew up in Cottonwood, AZ. He started out in the 60s in groups like The Last Mile Ramblers and Asleep At The Wheel. But in the 70s he taught at the Hank Thompson School Of Country Music at Rogers State University in Oklahoma alongside steel guitar legend Leon McAuliffe of Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys. In 1985 he invented this hybrid double necked guitar that combined a standard six string guitar with a steel guitar. He called it guit-steel. This allows him to play both styles without changing instruments. It's a very unique calling card that has served Brown well. And he's really good. Brown moved to Austin and was the house band at the Continental Club and Curb Records signed him to a contract. His debut CD 12 Shades Of Brown was released in 1993. This cover of the Red Simpson classic Highway Patrol is from his second CD Guit With It. And though Brown's modern twist on Honky Tonk got a lot of ctitical acclaim, he never had the chart success that Curb wanted. He left Curb for Telarc in 2001. This comp covers his Curb recordings. His most recent CD Live At The Continental Club: The Austin Experience was released in 2005. He was also the narrator in the 2005 film Dukes Of Hazzard. He shot a TV variety show pilot in 2008 but it doesn't look like it went anywhere. His wife Miss Tanya Rae plays guitar in his band and sings duets with him. Fans of traditional country music should check out Junior Brown. Here's the video for Highway Patrol by Junior Brown.