Junior Brown says, "A lot of people tell me they don't like country music, but they like what I'm doing." "I hear that line more than anything else," which is ironic because a couple of licks is all it takes to erase any doubts concerning Junior's stylistic allegiance. His music combines the soul of country and the spirit of rock n' roll.
In Junior Brown's case, playing everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to rock showcases on the West Coast and his hometown of Austin, Texas, "crossover" is not synonymous with watered-down or light-weight. "Just about the time they label me as some old time honky-tonk singer, " he says of his ever-growing legion of converts, "I throw something new in there that surprises them. And then they'll appreciate the traditional styles of country music, too. Do something to wow them without ruining the roots of country and they end up accepting the music that they would have been prejudiced against."
Following years as Austin's best-kept secret and the town's one must see act for visiting musicians and label heads, Junior Brown and his music have since found an audience far beyond the Lone Star border.