T. Graham Brown

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T. Graham Brown
Brown performing at Nashville Palace, 2006
Brown performing at Nashville Palace, 2006
Background information
Birth nameAnthony Graham Brown
Born (1954-10-30) October 30, 1954 (age 68)[1]
Arabi, Georgia, United States
Years active1985–present
LabelsCapitol, Intersound, Madacy, Compendia, Aspirion, MCM-World Media, RED Distribution

Anthony Graham Brown (born October 30, 1954), known professionally as T. Graham Brown, is an American country music singer. Active since 1973, Brown has recorded a total of thirteen studio albums, and has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Three of these singles — "Hell and High Water" and "Don't Go to Strangers" from 1986, and "Darlene" from 1988 — reached Number One, and eight more made Top Ten.


Brown was born in 1954 in Arabi, Georgia.[2] He first performed in a duo, Dirk & Tony (1973–75) before founding two more bands, "Reo Diamond" (1975) and "T. Graham Brown's Rack of Spam" (1979). He married his wife Sheila in 1980; the couple has a son, Acme Geronimo[citation needed] Brown (born 1989).[3]

Musical career[edit]

Brown moved to Nashville in 1982 and found work singing advertising jingles for companies such as McDonald's, Disneyland, Budweiser, Coors, Stroh's, Almond Joy, Coca-Cola, Sears, Dodge Trucks, Ford, Hardee's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, The Nashville Network, B.C.Powders, Dr Pepper, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Harrah's and many others.[4] He was also the singing narrator in the Taco Bell "Run For the Border" television spots. Brown also found work as a songwriter for E.M.I. Publishing before signing to Capitol Records in 1984. He was with E.M.I. for 13 years. Brown's first release for the label, "Drowning in Memories", peaked at No.39 on the Billboard country charts. The title song of his debut album "I Tell It Like It Used To Be" went to No.7, followed by "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" to No.4, giving way to a pair of number ones, "Hell and High Water" and "Don't Go To Strangers".[1]

Brown's first release for the label, "Drowning in Memories", peaked at No. 39 and was never included on an album. After it came the No. 7 "I Tell It Like It Used to Be", the first single from his 1986 album of the same name. Counting its title track, this album accounted for four singles: the No. 3 "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" and two straight Number Ones in "Hell and High Water" and "Don't Go to Strangers".[4]

Brown's second album for the label, Brilliant Conversationalist, followed a year later. Although none of its singles went to Number One, it accounted for three more Top Ten hits in its title track, followed by "She Couldn't Love Me Anymore" and "Last Resort".[5] A third album, 1988's Come as You Were, produced his third and final Number One in "Darlene".[4] Then came the No. 7 title track and No. 30 "Never Say Never". In early 1990, he sang guest vocals on the multi-artist charity single "Tomorrow's World", as well as Tanya Tucker's single "Don't Go Out", from her album Tennessee Woman.

1990 also saw the release of his next album, Bumper to Bumper. This album's lead-off single "If You Could Only See Me Now" went Top Ten with a No. 6 peak, but the other singles — the No. 18 "Moonshadow Road" and No. 53 "I'm Sending One Up for You" — did not fare as well, with the latter being his first single to land outside the Top 40. That same year, he also released an unsuccessful greatest-hits package. His next album, You Can't Take It with You, only accounted for the No. 31 "With This Ring" before he exited Capitol in 1991.

Brown did not record another album until 1998's Wine into Water on the Intersound label. This album produced four more singles for him, although the No. 44 title track was the highest-charting single from it. The subject matter of the lyrics of the song surrounded Brown's then ongoing fight against alcoholism.[4] He then released two more independent albums: The Next Right Thing in 2003 and The Present in 2006.

Brown joined Broadway icon Carol Channing for a duet of "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree" on her 2012 album True To The Red, White, and Blue. He also recorded a duet of "You Are So Beautiful" with Lulu Roman (of Hee Haw fame) for her 2013 album At Last.[6] In 2012, Brown appeared on a Country/Gospel album[7]

In 2014, Brown again collaborated with producer Mark Carman to produce the Grammy-nominated album, Forever Changed, featuring guest appearances by industry giants; Leon Russell, The Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Cropper, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Booth Brothers, Three Bridges, Jimmy Fortune, Sonya Isaacs, and Jason Crabb.[8] In July 2014 the first single from the album was released on the MCM World Media Label. The song, "He'll Take Care of You" was written by well known, award-winning songwriters; Dan Penn, Gary Nicholson, and Donnie Fritts.



Year Album Peak chart positions
US Country US
CAN Country
1986 I Tell It Like It Used to Be 15
1987 Brilliant Conversationalist 23
1988 Come as You Were 22
1990 Bumper to Bumper 33
1991 You Can't Take It with You
1996 From a Stronger Place
  • Nine songs cut at Brown's Acme Acres home studio in Nashville including "Welcome Sailor," a cover of the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself," and the original version of "Wine into Water"[9]
  • Pressed in limited quantities and sold at Brown's concerts[10]
  • Label: Acme Sounds [Time Life reissued the album in 2020][11]
1998 Wine into Water 47 38 19
2003 The Next Right Thing
2006 The Present
2015 Forever Changed 37 7
Christmas with T. Graham Brown
2020 Bare Bones
  • 12 acoustic reimaginings of Brown's greatest hits[12][13]
  • Issued on October 9, 2020[14]
  • Label: Time Life Music

Live albums[edit]

Year Album
2001 Lives!
2004 Live at Billy Bob's Texas

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album
1990 Greatest Hits
2007 Deja Vu All Over Again/The Best of T. Graham Brown
2015 Snapshot


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1985 "Drowning in Memories" 39
"I Tell It Like It Used to Be" 7 I Tell It Like It Used to Be
1986 "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" 3 2
"Hell and High Water" 1 1
"Don't Go to Strangers" 1 1
1987 "Brilliant Conversationalist" 9 4 Brilliant Conversationalist
"She Couldn't Love Me Anymore" 4 3
1988 "The Last Resort" 4 4
"Darlene" 1 * Come as You Were
"Come as You Were" 7 *
1989 "Never Say Never" 30 22
1990 "If You Could Only See Me Now" 6 5 Bumper to Bumper
"Moonshadow Road" 18 9
1991 "I'm Sending One Up for You" 53 75
"With This Ring" 31 29 You Can't Take It with You
"You Can't Take It with You" 68
1998 "Wine into Water" 44 61 Wine into Water
1999 "Happy Ever After" 68 90
"Never in a Million Tears" 63 94
"Memphis Women & Chicken" 73
2003 "Middle Age Crazy" 58 The Next Right Thing
2006 "The Present" The Present
2014 "He'll Take Care of You" (with Vince Gill) Forever Changed
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1990 "Tomorrow's World" Various Artists 74
"Don't Go Out" Tanya Tucker 6 11 Tennessee Woman
2000 "Now That's Awesome" Bill Engvall
(with Neal McCoy and Tracy Byrd)
59 Now That's Awesome
2012 "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" Carol Channing True to the Red, White and Blue
2013 "Working on a Building" Marty Raybon
(with Trace Adkins and Jimmy Fortune)
Working on a Building
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1986 "Hell and High Water"[15] George Bloom
1987 "Brilliant Conversationalist"
1988 "RFD-30529" John Davis
"Come as You Were" John Lloyd Miller
1990 "Don't Go Out" (with Tanya Tucker) Jack Cole
1991 "You Can't Take It With You"
1998 "Wine Into Water" Tom Bevins
1999 "Happy Ever After"
2003 "Which Way To Pray"

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Video Director
1990 "Tomorrow's World" (Various Artists) Gustavo Garzon
2000 "Now That's Awesome" (with Bill Engvall, Neal McCoy & Tracy Byrd) Peter Zavadil
2012 "Working on a Building" (with Marty Raybon, Jimmy Fortune & Trace Adkins) Mark Carman


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  7. ^ "Working On A Building : Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "Awards Nominations & Winners". Grammy.com. April 30, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  9. ^ Pair, Patricia (May 9, 1996). "T. Graham Brown to Perform Benefit at GPAC". The Shelby Sun Times. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  10. ^ Roberts, Jeremy (January 3, 2018). "Drowning in Memories with T. Graham Brown, a Country Song's Best Friend". Medium.com. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  11. ^ "Country Star T. Graham Brown Partners with Time Life for Digital Re-Issue of Four Classic Albums on June 5 and a New Album Slated for Fall 2020". TGrahamBrown.com. June 1, 2020. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  12. ^ Leiber, Sarah Jae (October 9, 2020). "T. Graham Brown Releases Acoustic Album 'Bare Bones'". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  13. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (August 4, 2020). "T. Graham Brown Stays Busy with a Variety of Projects". SoundsLikeNashville.com. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  14. ^ "Bare Bones". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  15. ^ "New Videoclips" (PDF). Billboard. September 13, 1986.

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