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Junior Brown
Birth name Jamieson Brown
Born June 12, 1952 (1952-06-12) (age 57)
Kirksville, Indiana, US
Genres Country, neotraditional country, alternative country
Occupations Musician, Songwriter, Actor
Instruments Guitar, Vocals
Labels Curb, Telarc
Website www.juniorbrown.com
Notable instruments
"Guit-steel"

Jamieson "Junior" Brown (born June 12, 1952) is an American country guitarist and singer from Cottonwood, Arizona. He has released nine studio albums in his career, and has charted twice on the Billboard country singles charts. Brown's signature instrument is the "guit-steel", a hybrid electric guitar and lap steel guitar.

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Life and career

Brown was born Kirksville, Indiana. He first learned to play piano from his father "before I could talk". His music career began in the 1960s, and he worked through that decade and the next singing and playing pedal steel and guitar for groups such as The Last Mile Ramblers, Dusty Drapes and the Dusters and Asleep at the Wheel while developing his astonishing guitar skills. By the mid-1980s he was teaching guitar at the Hank Thompson School of Country Music at Rogers State University, in Claremore, Oklahoma.

In 1985 Junior invented a double-necked guitar, with some assistance from Michael Stevens. Junior called the instrument his "guit-steel". When performing, Junior plays the guitar by standing behind it, while it rests on a small podium/music stand. The top neck on the guit-steel is a traditional 6-string guitar, while the lower neck is a full-size lap steel guitar for slide playing. Brown has two guit-steels for recording and live work.

The original instrument, dubbed "Old Yeller", has as its standard 6-string guitar portion the neck and pickups from Brown's previous stage guitar, a Fender Bullet. The second guit-steel, named "Big Red", has a neck laser-copied from the Bullet neck, but in addition to electric guitar pickups, both the standard and lapsteel necks use an identical Sho-Bud lapsteel pickup. There is a pocket in the upper bout of the guitar to hold the slide bar when it is not in use. Brown quickly became a local success in Austin, Texas, as the house band at the Continental Club. His debut album was 1993's 12 Shades of Brown; it was followed by Guit with It. Later that year (1995), Brown released Semi Crazy, and followed it with 1997's Long Walk Back.

In 1996, Brown was featured on the Beach Boys' now out-of-print album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 performing a cover of their 1962 hit "409". The song features Brown playing guitar and singing lead with the Beach Boys singing harmonies and backing vocals. Brown also won the CMA Country Music Video of the Year award in 1996 for his video, "My Wife Thinks You're Dead," which featured 6-foot-7-inch Gwendolyn Gillingham.

Brown's music has been showcased on various TV shows and movie soundtracks, including Me, Myself and Irene, SpongeBob SquarePants and the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard remake, in which he also played the narrator.

Although Brown plays traditional country and Hawaiian steel styles, few of his performances will finish without some blues playing and surf instrumentals.

Beginning in August 2006 Brown joined Bob Dylan's third tour of American minor league baseball stadiums.

In April 2008, Brown shot three pilot episodes of a country music program modeled after programs from the early 60s, in which Brown will play with a house band as well as guests as host of the show.[1]

Discography

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Albums

Year Album Chart Positions
US Country US Heat
1974 The Last Mile Ramblers - While They Last!
1993 12 Shades of Brown
1993 Guit with It
1995 Junior High (EP) 48 26
1996 Semi Crazy 32 19
1998 Long Walk Back 34 19
2001 Mixed Bag 52
2004 Down Home Chrome 73
2005 Greatest Hits
2005 Live at the Continental Club: The Austin Experience

Singles

Year Title US Country Album
1993 "Highway Patrol" 73 Guit with It
1995 "My Wife Thinks You're Dead" 68
1996 "Venom Wearin' Denim" Semi Crazy
"I Hung It Up"
1997 "Gotta Sell Them Chickens" (w/ Hank Thompson) Real Thing (Hank Thompson album)

Music videos

Year Video Director
1993 "Highway Patrol" Roger Pistole
1995 "My Wife Thinks You're Dead" Michael McNamara
"Sugarfoot Rag" Roger Pistole
1996 "Venom Wearin' Denim" Michael McNamara
"I Hung It Up"
1997 "Gotta Sell Them Chickens" (w/ Hank Thompson) Jim Gerik

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