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"Fling Barn welcomes David Rhodes Brown, six bands, for Nov. 19 concert"

11/9/2010 11:25:00 AM
Fling Barn welcomes David Rhodes Brown, six bands, for Nov. 19 concert

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Get ready for an extravaganza of American Roots music on Friday, Nov. 19, when the Fling Family Barn presents "Browngrass & Wildflowers, theTroupe," featuring some of the Ohio Valley's most talented mu sicians in this genre. Browngrass & Wilflowers started as a CD concept by David Rhodes Brown, a 45-year veteran of the music scene in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky, utilizing his own songwriting and the talents of 39 other seasoned musicians. During the production of the CD, Brown realized there was a need to make his endeavor more than just a one-time recording and created "the Troupe"in order to take American music on a regional mission of good, old-fashioned, foot-stomping fun. The Troupe features western swing, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, and honky-tonk music by: • Greg "Tex" Schramm, seasoned Cincinnati drummer and member of the rockabilly band The StarDevils and western swingers The Sidecars • Bluebird Special, consisting of Raiford and Sadie Faircloth of the regionally renowned The Modulators. Their roots go back to Tennessee,Raiford's father being Charlie "Peanut" Faircloth of Decca recording fame. • Shiny & the Spoon, newcomers to the old-timey music genre, but winners of a Cincinnati Entertainment Award and featured in online andphysical magazines across the country. • Magnolia Mountain, a much talked-about and award-winning band whose original tunes are hard to put in just one category but will have youout of your seats and dancing in seconds flat. • David Rhodes Brown, known for his velvety gravel voice, non-pedal lap steel prowess and signature guitar licks for over 40 years. He'll be joined onstage by members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Brown recently released his "Browngrass and Wildflowers" CD at The Southgate House in northern Kentucky. The album features the title track and 14 other song, recorded at The Bamboo Room in Highland Heights, Ky., by Erwin Musper. The album includes 39 guest performances from regional acts such as: 500 Miles to Memphis, Raiford and Sadie Faircloth, The Turkeys, Brad Schnittinger of The Sundresses, Kelly Thomas, Tracey Walker, One Horse, Mack West, Magnolia Mountain, Comet Bluegrass All Stars, Jake Speed, Sylvia Mitchell, The Tillers, Shiny and the Spoon, Paul Patterson, Ricky Nye, Scott Risner, Gary Winters, Brian Ewing, Bam Powell and John Schmidt. All songs except one (Brown’s signature cover of the song “Hurt,” by Trent Reznor) are original compositions. Brown started singing in live bands in 1964 in high school, and while in the Navy in 1969, bought his first guitar and started writing songs. He played out in coffee houses solo, joining Victor Harrison as a duo called “Woebegone” in 1973. Victor and David joined with two more artists, Mark Rasmussen and Thomas Schneider, to form Forty Fingers in 1974 and played local clubs as sort of a bohemian rock band. In 1979 he formed a punk rock band called The Attitude and toured regionally. In 1982, Brown formed the Warsaw Falcons to play Rock-a-Billy and Alternative Country Blues, often used as a backup band for artists such as Bo Diddley and The Drifters as well as sitting in with the legendary Big Joe Duskin, and opening for acts such as Marshal Crenshaw and Joan Jett. The Fling Barn concert event will begin with happy hour at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, with music by The Little Rebel String Band. The main event will start at 8 p.m. Pre-sale tickets for the event are $20. Tickets are $30 at the door. A minimum of 100 tickets must be sold by Nov. 12. For advance tickets and more information, call (937) 402-8300, e-mail bill@flingbarn.com or visit www.flingbarn.com.
Get ready for an extravaganza of American roots music on Friday, Nov. 19, when the Fling Family Barn presents "Browngrass & Wildflowers, the Troupe," featuring some of the Ohio Valley's most talented musicians in this genre.
Owner Bill Fling invites southern Ohio live music fans to this multifaceted, musical menagerie that includes six live band performances and plenty of fun.
The Barn is a family friendly venue and is located just south of Hillsboro, off Route 247, near Folsom (just turn east on Berrysville Road and follow the signs).
Browngrass & Wildflowers started as a CD concept by David Rhodes Brown, a 45-year veteran of the music scene in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky, utilizing his own songwriting and the talents of 39 other seasoned musicians.
During the production of the CD, Brown realized there was a need to make his endeavor more than just a one-time recording and created "the Troupe" in order to take American music on a regional mission of good, old-fashioned, foot-stomping fun.
The Troupe features western swing, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, and honky-tonk music by:
• Greg "Tex" Schramm, seasoned Cincinnati drummer and member of the rockabilly band The StarDevils and western swingers The Sidecars.
• Bluebird Special, consisting of Raiford and Sadie Faircloth of the regionally renowned The Modulators. Their roots go back to Tennessee, Raiford's father being Charlie "Peanut" Faircloth of Decca recording fame.
• Shiny & the Spoon, newcomers to the old-timey music genre, but winners of a Cincinnati Entertainment Award and featured in online and physical magazines across the country.
• Magnolia Mountain, a much talked-about and award-winning band whose original tunes are hard to put in just one category but will have you out of your seats and dancing in seconds flat.
• David Rhodes Brown, known for his velvety gravel voice, non-pedal lap steel prowess and signature guitar licks for over 40 years. He'll be joined onstage by members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Brown recently released his "Browngrass and Wildflowers" CD at The Southgate House in northern Kentucky.
The album features the title track and 14 other song, recorded at The Bamboo Room in Highland Heights, Ky., by Erwin Musper. The album includes 39 guest performances from regional acts such as: 500 Miles to Memphis, Raiford and Sadie Faircloth, The Turkeys, Brad Schnittinger of The Sundresses, Kelly Thomas, Tracey Walker, One Horse, Mack West, Magnolia Mountain, Comet Bluegrass All Stars, Jake Speed, Sylvia Mitchell, The Tillers, Shiny and the Spoon, Paul Patterson, Ricky Nye, Scott Risner, Gary Winters, Brian Ewing, Bam Powell and John Schmidt. All songs except one (Brown’s signature cover of the song “Hurt,” by Trent Reznor) are original compositions.
Brown started singing in live bands in 1964 in high school, and while in the Navy in 1969, bought his first guitar and started writing songs. He played out in coffee houses solo, joining Victor Harrison as a duo called “Woebegone” in 1973. Victor and David joined with two more artists, Mark Rasmussen and Thomas Schneider, to form Forty Fingers in 1974 and played local clubs as sort of a bohemian rock band. In 1979 he formed a punk rock band called The Attitude and toured regionally. In 1982, Brown formed the Warsaw Falcons to play Rock-a-Billy and Alternative Country Blues, often used as a backup band for artists such as Bo Diddley and The Drifters as well as sitting in with the legendary Big Joe Duskin, and opening for acts such as Marshal Crenshaw and Joan Jett.
The Fling Barn concert event will begin with happy hour at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, with music by The Little Rebel String Band. The main event will start at 8 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets for the event are $20. Tickets are $30 at the door. A minimum of 100 tickets must be sold by Nov. 12. For advance tickets and more information, call (937) 402-8300, e-mail bill@flingbarn.com or visit www.flingbarn.com. Tickets also are available at Joe's Party Shop in Greenfield.
- Highland County Press


"Ace veteran local musician crafts his debut solo album"

David Rhodes in Browngrass
Ace veteran local musician crafts his debut solo album
By Brian Baker
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There was a time when David Rhodes Brown was one of the hottest guitarists in town. He began as a teenager, playing in a string of garage bands (“I was singing ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’ before I even knew what it was,” he says), which led to a succession of Alternative Rock/Punk outfits. In the 1980s, the Rockabilly-fueled Warsaw Falcons made him one of the most recognizable fixtures of the music scene centered around Short Vine near the University of Cincinnati. It was a time when having a popular band in the Cincinnati scene was a license to print money.
“We played on Short Vine almost every night — Dollar Bill’s, Shipley’s, wherever — and we’d make our guarantee and we were selling our single. It was good money,” Brown says at Erwin Musper’s Bamboo Room studio in Alexandria, Ky. “I remember sitting in my bathtub, drinking a Heineken and thinking, ‘This is great, but it can’t last.’ This is the only business where you spend thousands to make hundreds.”

Obviously, he was right. Brown ultimately relocated to Nashville in 1990 (“I jokingly say I went to Nashville, played both of my licks, they liked one, so I stayed …”) and made a living with the Falcons, Big Bill Pickle and the Legendary Jerkin’ Gherkins and as a hired gun, but returned to visit his terminally ill sister and stayed to care for his mother. Eventually, he began pursuing music here again.

While top local Roots acts like StarDevils, Catalog Cowboys, 500 Miles to Memphis and Magnolia Mountain have kept him busy, Brown started considering a solo path, an inkling that resulted in Browngrass & Wildflowers, Brown’s first album under his own name. Utilizing original material from his voluminous archive and newly written songs and inspired by the 25th anniversary of Northern Kentucky public radio station WNKU, Brown began recording with the intention of creating both his debut album and a fundraising vehicle for the station.

“I’ve been kicking around as a sideman, and glad to do it,” Brown says. “I feel like a songwriter that was gratefully good enough to play his instrument and be used for other people’s music. The years I was with the StarDevils and 500 Miles to Memphis and the year I’ve been with Magnolia Mountain, my songwriting was just sort of sitting on a shelf. And the WNKU anniversary kind of sparked me — WNKU’s probably been playing me for 25 years. It all just seemed to crystallize.”

When his original recordings didn’t match his expectations, Brown moved the project to Musper’s Bamboo Room. The world-renowned producer was so impressed with Brown’s material that he not only agreed to do the album, he signed Brown as an artist.

With Musper’s unmatched technical skills and the impressive capabilities of the studio, Browngrass & Wildflowers evolved from a small self-recorded project to a full-blown production. In the end, nearly 40 local players lent their talents to Brown’s effort, including members of The Tillers, The Turkeys, Magnolia Mountain and 500 Miles to Memphis, as well as Brad Schnittger of The Sundresses, Tracy Walker, Gary Winter, Raif and Sadie Faircloth, Kelly Thomas and ex-Falcon/StarDevil John Schmidt, among many others.

“The idea of working with so many different people, and that the whole thing could swell up to some higher level of productivity, I think that’s the best thing about it,” Brown says. “The biggest aspect of it is it’s a culmination of all these artists that are issuing their own things and they’re popular and talented and I got them to join me in my quest.”

Browngrass & Wildflowers is an amazingly diverse album, from the Americana swing of “Bite the Bullet” and the Roots Rock chug of “Dangerous Man” to the Bluegrass strains of “Almost Gone,” the pure Country/Rock twang of “Wishin’ Well” and Brown’s raging cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt,” all of it sounding like the greatest album Dave Alvin never made. Brown reflects on how his membership in 500MTM and Magnolia Mountain impacted this album with typical insight.

“I’m a product of all that I’ve heard or done or been a part of,” Brown says. “If I’d just put my own band together to do an album, it wouldn’t have been this. It wouldn’t be a bad album, it just wouldn’t have the intensity of the artistry.”

Although Browngrass & Wildflowers morphed from solo album to all-star project, Brown’s original intention remains intact — to make the album a fundraising tool for WNKU. In addition to album proceeds benefiting the station, Brown has organized the Browngrass Festival, a live event at the Southgate House this Saturday featuring most of the album’s guest artists. Brown is hoping Browngrass becomes an annual event much like St. Louis’ long running Twangfest, also a public radio benefit.

Erwin Musper, whose flawless production is the icing on the project, offers perhaps the best observation on the success of Browngrass & Wildflowers.

“This is not just a CD for charity, it’s a great CD,” he says proudly. “I’ve worked with world famous people and the difference is that they ask questions and they go after things. It’s a way of thinking. When David came in, he asked those same questions. He’s not sweating the small stuff and he puts his finger right where it counts. That happened a few times, so to me, this is what lifted it beyond average. It was the making of a great album.”

Brown summarizes the same thought in his own inimitable fashion.

“We had Aaron Sharpe from WNKU over early on because he couldn’t be in a situation where he was forced to play an album because he was receiving money — it had to be something they’d already be playing,” he notes. “We didn’t give this to charity because we couldn’t sell it any other way. This is a good album.”

When Brown talks about Browngrass & Wildflowers, whose cover painting was provided by his wife Bobbi Jean, his pride doesn’t come from an egocentric, look-what-I’ve-done headspace, but rather from a sense of accomplishment and the musical commitment and community that effectively raised the bar on the project.

“I’ve always wanted to feel this way about music,” Brown says. “Other people have been bitter for me. People say, ‘Aren’t you pissed off that you didn’t make it?’ What do you mean? I’ve made it. And then this happens. When something happens to you in your music, I’ve always wanted to be able to say, ‘No shit!’ and not, ‘Of course it happened, I’m that good.’ I’ve got a strong ego, but I still want to be delightfully surprised at all the great things that can happen when you’re not expecting it.” - Cincinnati CityBeat


Discography

Kentucky Dinosaur
David Rhodes Brown
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Browngrass & Wildflowers
David Rhodes Brown
http://www.reverbnation.com/store/store/artist_1036485?item_type=music

(Other releases by David Rhodes Brown)

Right It On The Rock Wall (Warsaw Falcons)
Size Doesn't Matter (Big Bill Pickle and the Legendary Jerkin' Gherkins)
All-American Muse (Warsaw Falcons)
Ask Me About My New Lick (Warsaw Falcons)
(all available at: http://www.reverbnation.com/store/store/artist_1036485?
item_type=music)
Catalog Cowboys (Self Titled)
Rainbows To Ghosts (The Hollowbodies)

Greetings From (Greg "Tex Schramm and the Radio King Cowboys)
Greg "Tex" Schramm

The Tammy WhyNots (Self-Titled)
http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/1403597

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Bio

David Rhodes Brown started singing with bands in 1964, bought his first guitar in the Navy in the early 70's and has been writing, playing and singing ever since. Early endeavors include the bands Woebegone, Forty Fingers, The Attitude and the Wet Spots, with styles ranging from bohemian rock to punk and alternative.

David formed the Warsaw Falcons in 1982, playing rockabilly and alt country. This band spanned 20 years both locally and regionally, utilizing over 40 of the area’s finest musicians, playing with Bo Diddly, The Drifters, Big Joe Duskin and Bobby Keys and opening for acts like Joan Jett and Marshall Crenshaw. Many fans will remember the “Big Bill Pickle” version of the band, formed to play jump blues rock and swing and won the 2000 Cincinnati Cammy Award in that category.

David has lent his legendary guitar licks to a lot of other acts, including Michael “Supe” Granda (of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils), regionally known rockabilly kats The StarDevils, and most recently the award winning groups 500 Miles to Memphis and Magnolia Mountain, Greg "Tex" Schramm and the Radio King Cowboys and The Tammy WhyNots. He has recorded with countless artists and added lap steel, banjo and dobro to his arsenal of talents.

His most recent endeavor is "Kentucky Dinosaur", a title he decided to give himself before someone else did. The 6 song EP is a paired down selection of folk tunes that have been pouring out of him for the past year. The CD was completed in time to be donated to the annual BrownGrass Festival, a benefit for WNKU FM public radio.

Like a fine wine, David’s voice and style have mellowed with age… but like a good Kentucky bourbon, pack a huge punch.