Old Man Brown Bio
Old Man Brown has, from their first downbeat in 2001, been seeking the source of Soul, real Soul in American Music. That part of a song that transcends any one chord, melody or lyric to touch people in a place that can only be enriched by rhythm and harmony. OMBs material whether it be Blues, Funk, Rock, or Gospel music all has one tie that binds, Soul.
The majority of OMBs repertoire has been written by the two founders of the band, brothers Adam and John Scott-Wakefield. While their songs have a soulful southern sound to them, surprisingly Adam and John grew up in a rural New Hampshire town. Having musically inclined parents from the Hippie generation, they grew up surrounded by the sounds of The Allman Brothers, Little Feat, The Meters, and many more. Both grew up studying Jazz but harbored a deeper longing for music that was closer to heart. So after the brothers had both dropped out of music School, (Berkeley College of Music, and The New School Jazz and Contemporary Arts program), they reunited to pursue their true calling, with long time friends Marshall Chapman (guitar), Paul Lewis (bass) and Alex Rankin (guitar).
The guys gathered on a farm in central NH, owned by Chapmans stepfather, Peter Brown, aka Old Man Brown, who opened his house to the band and cleaned out a studio in the barn for jamming. Thus was Old Man Brown born. The band moved to Baltimore to start looking for gigs in the MD/DC area and start on their first LP. Between 2004 and 2010 Old Man Brown, through rigorous rehearsel and an ever-evolving sound, has released two original but very different albums. "Return" released in 2007 was produced by Allman Brother Johnny Neel in Nashville and displays the Southern Rock/Blues roots of the band. After the release of "Return" Old Man Brown progressively gravitated towards Funk and R&B music opening the doors for new instrumentation and arrangements. in 2008 Dave Finnell (Thievery Corporation, The Almighty Senators) was asked to write horn parts for the band's next album "Blue Light Special" and after completion consequently started a new live horn section recruiting DC Sax player Mario D'ambrosio. "Blue Light Special" exhibits the bands new Soul/R&B influence shifting from groove oriented 70's funk to Motown Soul and even to African Rhythms and Jazz. In 2010 Old Man Brown added a female vocal section with local budding artists Cara Kelly and Noelle Peacock.
The new 9-piece band is a Soul/Funk locomotive of harmony and groove and has performed all over the U.S. as well as in England, Scotland and Wales.
Old Man Brown has appeared on stage with: Canned Heat, Levon Helm, The Derek Trucks Band, Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk, Dennis Chambers, and more.
Seek My Arms
Written By: Adam Scott-Wakefield
I am weak when you are strong
forgive me when I'm wrong.
I'll be satisfied as long as I can
just walk with you.
A closer walk that's all
with you I'll stand tall.
Don't listen to what your friends all say about me.
Blessed woman you must allow
me to love you somehow.
I need you now like the sunshine needs the day.
More love than I can hide, but baby in you I can't confide.
It's stuck inside like a sinner that needs to pray.
I'll give you all my love, that's a start. A little leap of faith baby aint far.
I am willing to make the same mistake that every man makes
just lay down my love for you.. .
that's in my heart.
Though this world of toil and temptation weaves it's snares, I won't be reckless I won't falter baby this I swear.
It's me your friends despise, but they can't help you realize. Seek my arms and you'll find solace there.
Blue Light Special / LP
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Return / LP
Airplay: 89.7 WTMD , 97.9 WIYY (98 Rock), 103.1 WRNR. and more. . .
Typical Set Lists include mostly original material but
if covers are a necessity here are some examples.
Old Man Brown Cover Song List:
What's Goin on / Marvin Gaye
Let's get It on / Marvin Gaye
Statesboro Blues / Allman Brothers
Melissa / Allman Brothers
Don't Keep ME Wonderin' / Allman Brothers
Don't want you no more / Allman Brothers
Blue Sky / Allman Brothers
In memory of Elizabeth Reed / Allman Brothers
Stormy Monday / T- Bone Walker
Turn On Your Lovelight / Bobby Bland
I Know a Little / Lynyrd Skynyrd
Call me the Breeze / Lynyrd Skynyrd
What is Hip / Tower of Power
Can't hide Love / Earth wind and Fire
Ordinary Pain / Stevie Wonder
All Day Sucka / Stevie Wonder
Spooky / Atlanta Rhythm Section
Use Me / Bill Withers
PLay the Blues for you / Albert King
Woman Across the River / Freddie King
Tore Down / Freddie King
Big Legged Woman / Freddie King
Night Time is The Right Time / Ray Charles
Ain't No Use / THe Meters
Cissy Strut / The Meters