Tony Brown (record producer)
|Also known as||Tarzan (with J.D. Sumner)|
December 11, 1946 |
Greensboro, North Carolina
|Origin||Walkertown, North Carolina|
|Genres||country music, Southern Gospel|
|Associated acts||Reba McEntire, George Strait|
He joined J. D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet in 1965. Brown also played piano for Elvis Presley. He toured with the TCB Band for much of Presley's final two years and was a part of the 1976 "Jungle Room" recording sessions at Graceland. In 1979, he joined Emmylou Harris's backing band, the Hot Band, taking over for former Presley sideman Glen D. Hardin. Brown stayed with Harris until 1981. Later, he became a session musician in Nashville and toured with acts such as Rosanne Cash.
After leaving that position, Brown became a producer, producing albums for several artists. He was also the president of MCA Nashville in the 1990s. Among these acts were Tracy Byrd, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, The Mavericks, McBride & the Ride, Reba McEntire, Rodney Crowell, Wynonna, Lyle Lovett, Brooks & Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Marty Stuart, Patty Loveless, Kelly Willis, Pat Green, Chely Wright and George Strait. In the 1980s, he was also the keyboardist for The Cherry Bombs, Crowell's backing band.
In 2002, Brown exited his position at MCA and co-founded Universal South Records.
Brown's first marriage was to Janie Levin, with whom he had two children: Brennan and Brandi. He was later married to Anastasia Pruitt from 1999 until their divorce in 2009. In February 2013, he married Jamie Antee.
|AMA Lifetime Achievement Award