Junior Brown – An American Original

Last Updated on June 27, 2021

‘Guit With It’ was originally released in 1993. The vinyl format was released in 2015.

Junior Brown is a prodigiously talented Tele-picker and lap-steel guitarist. In the mid-80s, Brown upgraded his gearin a way that no artist had ever done. Struggling through each show, going back and forth plugging and unplugging guitar to steel guitar while singing, he had a dream one night about the two instruments mysteriously

melding into one. The result was Brown’s unique invention, the “Guit-Steel”, a double necked instrument combining standard guitar with steel guitar. Built by Michael Stevens of Stevens Electric Instruments, the Guit-Steel allows Junior to switch instruments quickly in mid song while singing.

In the early nineties Brown and his band (including wife Tanya Rae who plays acoustic rhythm guitar on the album) relocated to Texas to the active Austin music scene and landed a weekly gig at the Continental club.

“I got a star on my car and one on my chest / A gun on my hip and the right to arrest / I’m the guy who’s the boss on this highway / So watch out what you’re doin’ when you’re drivin’ my way” sings Junior Brown on “Highway Patrol”, a great truck driving song that was first recorded and first released by Red Simpson (March 8, 1966 / August 1966).

“Sugarfoot Rag” is a Hank Garland cover that Junior Brown brings to a new level. Garland was one of the top Nashville guitar players in the 1950s and early 1960s. Hank Garland’s tragic life was the subject of the 2007 motion picture, “Crazy: The Hank Garland Story.”

Jimmy Vaughn guests, playing electric guitar on “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead.”

This country boy can really play the Guit-Steel.

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