Monday, August 21, 2017

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-T. Graham Brown

Artist:T. Graham Brown
Song:If You Could Only See Me Now
Album:All-Time Greatest Hits

T. Graham Brown had a great run on the country charts in late 80s. If You Could Only See Me Now was his final top ten country hit in 1990. He was born Oct. 30, 1954 in Arabi, GA. His first name is Tony but there is a very successful producer in Nashville named Tony Brown. So he called himself T. Graham Brown to avoid confusion. He got into music while attending the University of Georgia, first in the duo Dirk & Tony then in the outlaw country band Reo Diamond. Then he formed Rack Of Spam in 1979 and he moved to Nashville in 1982. At first he sang jingles and he was a staff songwriter first at Columbia and then at EMI. This led to a Capitol Records contract in 1984. Brown had nine top ten country hits in a row. He had three number one hits, Hell and High Water and Don't Go To Strangers in 1986 and Darlene in 1988. He worked with producer Bud Logan who also produced John Conlee. Brown recorded all his albums in Muscle Shoals. By the late 80s, Brown was having serious alcoholism problems. He recorded the 1990 album Bumper To Bumper produced by Muscle Shoals legend Barry Beckett. If You Could Only See Me Now reached #6 on the Country Singles chart. It would turn out to be Brown's final top ten country hit. The song was written by Susan Longacre and Rick Giles who wrote Reba McEntire's #1 country hit Is There Life Out There. After one more album, Capitol dropped Brown. You can get all his hits on this comp. His alcoholism got worse. Brown signed first with Warner Bros. and then Sony but nothing was ever released. He recovered by the late 90s and Brown has recorded for small labels ever since. His recent recordings have been more in a gospel vein. He released Forever Changed and Christmas with T. Graham Brown in 2015. He still tours. I guess he's an 80s nostalgia act now. Here's T. Graham Brown performing If You Could Only See Me Now on the 2012 RFD-TV special Country's Family Reunion: Salute To The Kornfield. It's a Hee Haw reunion.

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