My Wife Thinks You're Dead
In the early 1990's Junior Brown began making a name for himself with his neotraditional country sounds and superb guitar playing. He invented an instrument he calls a "guit-steel," a double-neck instrument that has a six-string guitar on the top part and a lap steel guitar on the bottom, and developed a dedicated following for his great guitar playing and fun songs.
I've enjoyed his music since I heard his "biggest hit" (such as it was, it only peaked in the the low 60's on the Billboard country chart), " My Wife Thinks You're Dead ." I'd never seen him live, though, until Thursday night (9/24), when he played at one of my favorite venues, Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky.
I was amazed at his guitar playing. He handled both the steel and the standard guitar with splendid perfection. He was country to the core, even when playing a "surf-rock" medley of songs like "Walk, Don't Run" and "Secret Agent Man." His wife accompanied him on rhythm guitar and even sang lead on "I Wouldn't Buy a Used Car From Him" (a hit for Norma Jean in the 60's).
Oh, was it fun. The best part of the concert was, after the show, Junior Brown went to the merchandise table and signed autographs, posed for pictures, and talked to the people who'd come to see him. As I was leaving I heard someone behind me thank him for signing autographs.
"I'm happy to do it," Brown replied. "That's what I'm here for."
I'll definitely see him again soon.
Image Credit » Junior Brown at Southgate House Revival, Newport, Kentucky, 9-24-15. Photo taken by and the property of FourWalls.