Jimmy BrownandThe Badly-Loved

Jimmy BrownandThe Badly-Loved

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'...Jimmy Brown is yet another exceptional, young Irish Talent'.. CITYBEAT 96.7 - John Chambers

Biography

Jimmy Brown www.myspace.com/jimmybrownmusic

My name is Jimmy Brown. I'm originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, but I now live in Hickory, North Carolina. I started my career in music when I was seventeen, playing cover gigs in the North of Ireland. I did this for about two years and eventually I got bored of singing other peoples songs so I decided to write my own. I released an album independently in 2003 and started playing shows with my own tunes. It's a hard transition going from playing other artists songs to only playing your own – you soon realize that your own songs need to get a lot better!

A year later, I decided to go traveling. First stop was Worcester, South Africa. I spent a few months there working in orphanages and shanty towns and then I headed off to Bali, Indonesia. I played a fair few shows in the tourist spots in Bali with some amazing percussionists and pipe players and spent the rest of the time snorkeling and surfing – someone has to do it!

After Indonesia, I made my way to Holland. I stayed in a little village called Ede, about an hour outside Amsterdam, which is were I wrote the songs that would later be on my first EP entitled, The Art of Coming Home. I released the EP in a pub in Belfast called 'Whites Tavern', and I remember looking out the window and being surprised to see that there was a line of about twenty people waiting for the doors to open. The gig sold out and the songs were well received.

A few weeks passed and then a friend of mine asked me if I would go with him to North Carolina via China. The next thing I knew I was landing in Shanghai Airport! My best memory of China was when we had to go into a restaurant’s kitchen and invent some sort of interpretive cross-cultural sign language in order to get our dinner. We were two hungry guys from Belfast nodding our heads frantically with our tongues hanging out wishing we knew how to say ‘chicken curry & fried rice, please!’

A month later we arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina, and I quickly resumed my solo act. Not long after, a friend told me about a band that were playing in a place called Hickory and so I decided to take a drive up to check them out. When I got there I realized that the front man was a native Belfast man. One thing led to another and I ended up moving to Hickory and joining that band.

When you meet one guy from Belfast in the foothills of the Appalachians, in as remote a place as Hickory, your chances of meeting another one are probably slim. But as fate would have it, I bumped into Irish poet Adrian Rice in what is now one of our local haunts, 'The Old Hickory Taproom'. Adrian and I spent about a year and a half talking about words, music and pretty much everything else under the sun and it was in June 07 that myself, Alan Mearns (Airspace) and Rice traveled to Belfast on a publicity tour for a tribute Rice & Mearns had written to the late great George Best entitled 'The Conjuror', which was received enthusiastically by the N.Irish community. I played with Airspace for 2 great years and now I'm back to being a solo act.

An inspirational television documentary about a painting called 'Snowstorm', by the late English artist J.M.W. Turner, provided the final push behind Adrian and me getting together to co-write songs. I was amazed by the story behind the painting and I started penning the words which became the opening verse of our first song, 'The Frailty of Man'. I brought what I had of the lyrics to Adrian and asked him to write the rest. We set off for the bar (where else?) and after an hour or two the lyrics were complete. This marked the start of what Adrian and I call a 'golden moment' – we wrote twelve songs in eighteen days. We started recording six of these songs in May 08 in Charlotte NC and a guy called Brad Tretolla turned up at the 1st session with a white Fender Stratocaster and asked if he could play on the record. It turns out Tretolla is the guy that took over from Stevie Ray Vaughan in Double Trouble when he died, we recorded 6 songs in one day and decided to take the traditional approach of 'no over dubs - everything live'. The EP is entitled 'The Age of Distraction (live @ the studio)', and is due for release in September of this year.

Since then Rice and myself have been in Nashville TN, writing with Bill Lloyd. Lloyd is a Nashville based songwriter, musician, recording artist and producer who is most often remembered as half of the late ‘80’s RCA country-rock duo, Foster and Lloyd. Lloyd’s diverse musical activities run the gauntlet of the music biz. He’s a songwriter (penning cuts by a wide variety of artists that include Trisha Yearwood, Cheap Trick, Sara Evans, Poco , Martina McBride, Marshall Crenshaw and many more), a record producer (ranging from Carl Perkins to MTV reality show indie-rockers, The Secret) and a session player (working with Brit-pop icons Ray Davies of The Kinks and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze to country legends Steve Earle and Bu

Lyrics

Yo Yo Heart

Written By: Jimmy Brown & Adrian Rice

YOYO HEART
(Written by Jimmy Brown and Adrian Rice)

The sun’s burnt coin sinks in the cool evening sea
We talk of the future, of places we want to be
I fish in your eyes and catch what you dream you will see
I see it is somewhere, somewhere you’ll be without me

The last time I checked, I was passionate
The last time I checked, I was innocent

I’ve got a yoyo heart spinning out of my sleeve again
I don’t know what going on
It’s stringing me along
It’s what it’s always done

The moon’s odd oval burns in the blue diamond sky
Tugs on the ocean, lights up the tear in my eye
Midnight waves murmur and break on the shore where I lie
I’ve been here forever, ever since I said goodbye

The last time I checked, I was passionate
The last time I checked, I was innocent

I’ve got a yoyo heart spinning out of my sleeve again
I don’t know what going on
It’s stringing me along
It’s what it’s always done
(Repeat)

The Age of Distraction

Written By: Jimmy Brown & Adrian Rice

THE AGE OF DISTRACTION
(Written by Jimmy Brown & Adrian Rice)

The world is spinning in the moonlight glow
The stars are singing songs of sorrow
But we’re not listening
Cell phones are ringing
Bringing news of
Nothing

News of nothing, news of nothing
News of nothing, news of nothing
News of nothing, news of nothing

We’re living in the Age of Distraction
Lives have lost all their direction
But we’re dreaming of coping
Holding on and hoping
Hoping for that
Something

News of nothing, news of nothing
News of nothing, news of nothing
News of nothing, news of nothing
(Repeat to end)

The Gates of Eden

Written By: Jimmy Brown & Adrian Rice

THE GATES OF EDEN
(Written by Jimmy Brown & Adrian Rice)

I’m coming from the end
The end of all things
The end of all things

I’m coming from the cold
The cold edge of the world
The cold edge of the world

I’m standing at the Gates of Eden
Warmed by flaming swords
Holding in my hands the rose
The red rose of the world

Take me to my home
Take me to my home
Take me to my home

Hold me in your arms
Hold me in your arms
Hold me in your arms

I’m standing at the Gates of Eden
Warmed by flaming swords
Holding in my hands the rose
The red rose of the world
Standing on the threshold
Of the kingdom of your love
Holding in my hands the rose
The red rose of the world

Muzzle the Muse

Written By: Jimmy Brown & Adrian Rice

MUZZLE THE MUSE

I’m not prepared
To sell my soul
To you
No, I’m not prepared
To sell my soul
To you

Souls are not for sale

I’m not prepared
To sell my song
To you
No, I’m not prepared
To sell my song
To you

For souls and songs are not for sale

I’m not prepared
To muzzle my muse
For you
No, I’m not prepared
To muzzle my muse
For you

My muse won’t be muzzled for you

(Musical Break)

I’m not prepared
To muzzle my muse
For you
No, I’m not prepared
To muzzle my muse
For you

My muse won’t be muzzled for you

Under the Sun

Written By: Jimmy Brown & Adrian Rice

UNDER THE SUN
(Written by Jimmy Brown and Adrian Rice)

Sometimes sin is so strong
Sometimes sin is a song
Sometimes it’s bad to belong
Sometimes it’s good to be wrong

Someone just made my day
Someone asked me to stay
Someone just wanted to play
Someone threw it away

Something said led to tears
Something’s been hidden for years
Something’s stronger than fears
Something has silenced the seers

And the sun it shines
Like hot coals on the fire
And the sun it shines
Like hot coals on the fire

Somewhere wrists are unbound
Somewhere holds solid ground
Somewhere moves to the sound
Somewhere love can be found

And the sun it shines
Like hot coals on the fire
And the sun it shines
Like hot coals on the fire

Discography

Muzzle the Muse EP 08

Single: The Age of Distraction

BBC Radio Ulster
Downtown Radio
Cool FM

Set List

Under the Sun
Yo Yo Heart
The Gates of Eden
The Frailty of Man
The Age of Distraction
Muzzle the Muse
Mouths of Prophecy
The Cost is Lost
Face to Face
Time
Our Dirty War