Down Home Chrome

Down Home Chrome

by Junior Brown


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Down Home Chrome

Other than Junior Brown's label affiliation, little else has changed on the singer/guitarist's sixth album and first in four years. Honky tonk, rockabilly, and the rich sound of Bakersfield country are leavened with a healthy sense of humor ("Two Rons Don't Make It Right," "Where Has All the Money Gone?"), played with Brown's custom-made 12-string "guit-steel," and sung in his distinctive baritone. Side trips into lounge-ish jazz ("You Inspire Me"), hard rock ( perhaps not an entirely necessary cover of Hendrix's "Foxey Lady"), and slow blues (an album-closing ten-minute "Monkey Wrench Blues") seem like desperate attempts to show how eclectic he is. They might be live showstoppers, but just don't blend in well with the rest of the disc's more countrified approach. Much better is "Jimmy Jones," a classic, laconic, mostly spoken story-song about a brother who wanders off to his death in war. The horn-fueled jump blues swing of "Hill Country Hot Rod Man" is another diversion, but this one seems more natural and is an excellent forum for Brown's guitar pyrotechnics. A little too spotty, especially in its schizophrenic last quarter hour, the album is an adequate representation of the different styles that define Junior Brown. The pacing doesn't support his talent, making this a frustrating if somewhat enjoyable listen that is probably better appreciated after you have seen him live.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/2004
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408361227
catalogNumber: 83612
Rank: 58325

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Junior Brown   Primary Artist,Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Tanya Rae Brown   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Chris Dunn   Trombone
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Sam Levine   Saxophone
John Penner   Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Michael Ballew   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Peter Amaral   Cymbals,Drums,Snare Drums
Johnny Penner   Bass Guitar
Pete Amaral   Cymbals,Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Sandra Smith   Composer
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Junior Brown   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tanya Rae Brown   Duet
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
J.J. Louis   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Tracy Martinson   Engineer
Mel Melshee   Composer

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