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“In the kingdom of the country guitar whiz, Junior Brown was long ago knighted for his breathtaking chops. His retro style makes him the go-to guy for traditional and alternative country fans alike.”—Chicago Tribune

“His songs have a cheeky quality that’s as timeless and infectious as his picking.”—Billboard Magazine

Originally from Cottonwood, Arizona, country singer-songwriter Junior Brown showed musical talent at an early age, playing little melodies on the family piano before he could talk. His music career began as a guitarist in the 1960s when he worked with such artists as Hank Thompson and Asleep at the Wheel.

In the 1990s, Brown and his band (including his wife and bandmate, Tanya Rae) moved to Austin, Texas, and quickly became a local success as the house band at the Continental Club.

He has released nine studio albums, and two of his songs, “Highway Patrol” and “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead,” have reached the Billboard country singles charts. His signature instrument, which he collaborated in inventing, is a double-neck guitar he calls his “guit-steel.” When performing, Brown plays the guitar by standing behind it, while it rests on a small music stand.

Brown is the recipient of a Country Music Association (CMA) Award, a Bluegrass Music Association Award, and three GRAMMY nominations. He has appeared on music videos with various artists such as George Jones, the Beach Boys, and Stone Temple Pilots. Brown’s music has been showcased on various TV shows and movie soundtracks, including Me, Myself & Irene, SpongeBob SquarePants, and the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard remake, in which he also played the narrator.

Artist's website: http://www.juniorbrown.com/
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By: Musical Instrument Museum - MIM