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May 23, 2006

Texas Bluesman Returns to Edmonton

Written by
cindy mcleod

Texas Bluesman Returns to Yardbird Suite

Legendary guitarist Texas Johnny Brown returns to Edmonton’s Yardbird Suite, June 2nd & 3rd. He will be backed up by the Graham Guest Band.

Born in Mississippi in 1928, Texas Johnny Brown moved to, Texas in 1946, and began his professional musical career with R’n’B pioneer Amos Milburn. He toured extensively and played on Milburn’s Aladdin Records sessions. He made his own Atlantic recordings in 1949, backed up by Milburn and his band, and also played on Ruth Brown’s early Atlantic recordings.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Johnny toured as the lead guitarist and band leader for Bobby Bland and Junior Parker and was a studio musician at Houston’s Duke/Peacock Records, before becoming leader of his own Houston-based band. His distinctive guitar style graces many classic recordings. He is the composer of the beautiful blues classic “Two Steps from the Blues” which became one of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s biggest hits.

Johnny has a beautifully fluid, sophisticated guitar style. His clear, soulful bluesy voice complements his fine songwriting and arrangements. He has 2 CD releases, “Nothin’ But the Truth, ” (1999) and “Blues Defender” (2001) on Choctaw Creek Records. “Nothin’ But the Truth” was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award (1999) and received Real Blues Magazine’s Real Blues Awards as Best Texas Blues CD and Best Independently Released Blues CD for 1998. Texas Johnny Brown has been given numerous Houston Press Awards for Best Blues, Best Blues Guitarist and Best Male Vocalist. He plans to release a live CD this summer.

Since his last Yardbird Suite appearance two years ago, Texas Johnny Brown has performed at the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland, the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, and the Hayward-Russell Blues Festival in California, among others, and toured in England, California and Texas.

for more information visit www.texasjohnnybrown.com

June 2 & 3, 2006
Texas Johnny Brown (guitar, vocals), Graham Guest (piano, organ, vocals), Dave Babcock (saxophone), Ken Hoffman (saxophone), Joel Gray (trumpet), Chris Brzezicki (bass), Jeff Lisk (drums)
Yardbird Suite / Edmonton

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