Junior Brown releases EP entitled ‘Volume Ten’
Junior Brown’s Volume Ten is now available for purchase. The very first glance at the cover of Junior Brown’s new EP album, Volume Ten, will bowl you over, even before you hear the first song. And what of the first song from this exciting six-track EP (his most recent release in seven years)? Well, it’s called “Hang Up and Drive” and it’s topical for the times, just as the title suggests. We all talk and drive and this number really hollers it out with all the expected infectious Junior Brown delivery.
Brown’s known for his low voice, hot guitar and screamin’ steel. He wrote five of the six selections included in this stylistically varied collection, each song showing a slightly different glimpse of life from the musical phenomenon known as Junior Brown. The EP’s final selection, “Almost to Tulsa,” is an instrumental dedicated to its writer, the late Buddy Charleton, who enjoyed hearing Junior’s version before his passing. This long awaited CD is proof positive that after ten albums, Junior Brown is truly at the top of his game.
Born in 1952 in Cottonwood, Ariz., Junior showed musical talent at an early age playing little melodies on the family piano before he could talk. Curiosity led him to an old guitar in his grandparents’ attic, thus setting the stage for a lifelong interest in the steel strings. After a series of high school dance bands, he hit the Country dance club circuit full time while still in his teens. This continued for decades all over the United States and many excursions abroad. After settling in Austin, Texas with his wife and rhythm guitarist-singer, Tanya Rae, he began his weekly tenure at the legendary Continental Club where the band successfully honed their craft, leading ultimately to a major label signing (Curb), a Country Music Association Award (CMA), three Grammy nods, a Bluegrass Music Association Award (IBMA) with legend Ralph Stanley, duets on record and video appearances with everyone from Hank Thompson and George Jones to The Beach Boys and Stone Temple Pilots.
Then came movies (Me, Myself and Irene, Trespass, Still Breathing, The Dukes of Hazzard, Blue Collar Comedy Tour I and II), TV shows (X Files, Chris Issac, Austin City Limits), multiple appearances on Letterman, Conan, Saturday Night Live, and even a cameo appearance on SpongeBob Squarepants. And there were the national ad campaigns, like The Gap, Lee Jeans and Lipton Tea.