My old Santa Fe High locker partner, Junior Brown (local folks still call him "Jamie") just signed a new record deal.
The "Kirksville, Indiana" reference below is only part of the story. Mr. Brown moved to Santa Fe in the late '60s, attended Mid High and Santa Fe High and was in several local bands including the psychedelic Humble Harvey (they played at my first DeMolay dance!) and more importantly, The Last Mile Ramblers, an "outlaw" country band who contributed to a good deal of the soundtrack to my drunken college years.
Sorry, Jamie, but I'm going to use this opportunity to re-publish your junior year photo from the 1970 SFHS yearbook (as well as a more recent photo I took not too many years ago)
For Immediate Release
For more information, please contact
Mike Wilpizeski: 718 459 2117 or firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNIOR BROWN SIGNS DEAL WITH TELARC
August 2004 Debut is His First Release in Over Three Years
February 16, 2004, Cleveland, OH - Telarc International Corporation, one of the world's leading independent recording companies, today announced the signing of an exclusive deal with guitarist/singer/songwriter Junior Brown to be inaugurated with an August 24, 2004, release (title to be announced).
Michael Bishop engineered Brown's Telarc debut - his first new recording in over three years - at the Tracking Room at Emerald Entertainment in Nashville, TN, in February. The album will also be released as an SACD in 5.1 Surround Sound.
"Junior is a fabulously talented entertainer and musician with lots of fans, which was the only consideration when it came to signing him to the label," says Telarc president Bob Woods. "The more eclectic the better these days, and we're truly excited that Junior decided to work with us."
Brown says, "I think we are coming into a time where music is less dependent on categories than it used to be. I think I'm the kind of artist that can't be categorized easily, and I believe Telarc is a label that's interested in the creativity of a performer. It's that focus that many labels have chosen to ignore more and more due to their emphasis on mass marketing over substance. The Telarc folks are great and supportive - I'm thrilled to be on the label."
Playing fiery rock-guitar licks and hardcore honky-tonk with equal aplomb on his self-styled double-necked "guit-steel" - a combination electric and steel guitar - Junior Brown is regarded as one of the most talented guitar players the world. Born in 1953 and raised in Kirksville, IN, Brown first learned to play the piano from his father and became a professional musician at the end of the '60s. A dream prompted him to create an instrument fusing a six-string guitar with its steel counterpart, and in 1985, he developed the "guit-steel," a double-necked guitar combining the standard instrument with the steel.
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." Guit With It followed later in the year, and like its predecessor, was met with considerable critical acclaim.
After a five-song EP, 1995's Junior High, Brown returned in 1996 with
The Long Walk Back followed two years later, and Brown released his
fifth album, Mixed Bag, in 2001.