Kenny Brown (guitarist)
July 5, 1953 |
Selma, Alabama, United states
|Associated acts||R. L. Burnside, Mississippi Fred McDowell|
Brown began apprenticing with Mississippi Joe Callicott, who was his neighbor in Nesbit, Mississippi, when he was twelve, and then with Johnny Woods. He had heard Othar Turner and others in nearby Como picnics, and cited Junior Kimbrough, Johnny Winter, and Johnny Shines as influences.
In 1971, Brown began learning with R. L. Burnside, who claimed Brown as his "adopted son." and affectionately called him "white boy on guitar" and "my white son." Brown has noted that they had trouble to book dates, when European event organizers would hear he is a white musician playing the traditionally African American blues. Still in the early seventies they started to perform in their region, and would keep up as a duo for twenty years. Cedric Burnside joined their tours from about 1994, as Burnside's reputation surged. In the 1990s Brown participated in the Burnside-Jon Spencer Blues Explosion tours and recordings, on Burnside's Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down, and on his remixed albums.
On record, he plays second guitar on two of Junior Kimbrough's albums throughout, and on some tracks on the posthumous compilation, God Knows I Tried. He is on tracks by Asie Payton, CeDell Davis and Paul "Wine" Jones, as well as Frank Frost and Cyndi Lauper.
Brown's own debut album was Goin' Back to Mississippi (1996), produced by Dale Hawkins. He has recorded one album for Fat Possum Records, Stingray (2003). He released Cheap, Fast, and Dirty (2006) with Danish guitarist Troels Jensen, at Olufsen Records. Meet Ya In The Bottom (2008) is a CD Baby release. His most recent double album, Can't Stay Long (2011), was released on Devil Down Records.
Brown's guitar work was featured in the 2006 film Black Snake Moan, where he provided backing for star Samuel L. Jackson's vocals. He can be seen in the film's climax as a guitarist in a blues band, playing alongside Cedric Burnside.
In a 2015 date his band included Dale Beavers, Terrence ‘T-Money’ Bishop, J. Farrell Bonds, Takeeshi Imura and Cedric Burnside.
Brown has lived in Potts Camp, Mississippi, in the North Mississippi Hill Country.
- You See Me Laughin': The Last of the Hill Country Bluesmen (2003; released by Fat Possum Records in 2005). Produced and directed by Mandy Stein. Oxford, Mississippi: Plain Jane Productions, Inc; Fat Possum Records.
- Rick Reger (2003-06-27). "Kenny Brown is the real deal in blues land". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
- Amy Evans. "Kenny Brown". Mississippi Arts Commission.
- Michael Koster; Carter Grice (Summer 1999). "Kenny Brown - America's Finest Slide Guitar Player? [interview]". Thirsty Ear Magazine. Archived from the original on 2013-09-09.
- Kenny Brown page, at Fat Possum
- Dave Rubin (March 2006). "Blues on the Edge Kenny Brown". Guitar Player. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16.
- Jefferson interview. Issue 141, March 2004. Swedish original, via Google Translate
- Ray M. Stiles (1998-08-01). "Interview with R.L. Burnside & Kenny Brown". Blues on Stage.
- "Widespread Panic To Grip U.S.". Billboard. August 29, 2003. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- Kenny Brown on IMDb
- Kenny Brown Band, Memphis in May
- Kenny Brown at ReverbNation
- Kenny Brown page from Fat Possum Records site
- Kenny Brown at AllMusic
- Kenny Brown discography at Discogs
- Extended discography at CD Universe