Oli Brown

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Oli Brown
Oli Brown, Scraborough Blues Club 12-4-2011.jpg
Oli Brown performing live in 2011
Background information
Birth name Oliver Brown
Born Norfolk, England
Genres Blues, rock
Occupations Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2005-present
Labels Ruf
Website www.oliselectricblues.co.uk

Oli Brown is a British blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. He has released three studio albums.[1]

History[edit]

Brown was signed to the German blues label, Ruf Records, in January 2008.[2] He released his debut album, Open Road, in July 2008 to good reviews.[3]

Oli's second album, Heads I Win Tails You Lose, was released in 2010, and was produced by Mike Vernon.[4] In the same year, Brown made his debut at the Glastonbury Festival.[4] Classic Rock magazine voted Heads I Win Tails You Lose the number 3 blues album of 2010. Mojo voted it the number 4 blues album of 2010.

At the 2010 British Blues Awards, Brown was named 'Best Male Vocalist' and 'Best Young Artist'.[5]

In the 2011 British Blues Awards, Brown won the 'Best Band' category and Heads I Win Tails You Lose was named 'Best Album'. He was also runner up in the 'Best Male Vocalist', 'Best Guitarist' and 'Best Young Artist' categories.[6]

Following a 25 date tour of the UK as the opening act for John Mayall, Mayall asked Brown to step into the lead guitarist role of his band, when Rocky Athos was unable to attend the Indonesian Blues Festival in December 2011.

Brown's third album Here I Am was released on 23 April 2012, and featured Scott Barnes (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums and percussion) and Joel White (keyboards) with guest performances by Dani Wilde and Paul Jones. Here I Am was number one in the Amazon, HMV and iTunes blues charts and was released in the United States in June 2012. Brown was nominated for Best Guitarist and Best Young Artist in the 2012 British Blues Awards.

On 3 June 2013, at the Grand Rex in Paris, he opened for Joe Satriani.

Equipment[edit]

Brown uses a personal signature edition of the "Legend" solidbody electric guitar by Vanquish Guitars. The guitar features two P90 Humbucker-sized pickups and a combination of Tune-o-matic bridge and Stop-Tailpiece. Brown usually uses a Blackstar Combo Amp and Shure Beta 58A Microphones. He also uses an Volt Overdrive Super OB100 for his last album.

Discography[edit]

  • Open Road (2008) Ruf Records - RUF 1139
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose (2010) Ruf Records - RUF 1160
  • Here I Am (2012) Ruf Records - RUF 1178

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Oli Brown - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  2. ^ "Oli Brown". Ruf Records. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Rudd, Steve (25 June 2008). "Idea was inspired". Nefferton Today. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Biography by William Ruhlmann". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "British Blues Awards 2010 - Winners of the British Blues Awards 2010". Blues.about.com. 2010-09-11. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  6. ^ "Home". British Blues Awards. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 

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