Track Of The Day: Oli Brown
New school blues in love with the old school from a kid just outta school – Oli Brown. Click here for previous Track Of The Day’s.
Still only 18, Oli Brown is no longer just ‘a kid from Norwich’ – he’s a blues phenomenon. Last year he released his debut album, Open Road, to rave reviews. The Sunday Telegraph called it “a sparkling debut”, while Guitarist commented that with acts like this “the future of the blues is extremely bright”.
They’ve got a point: allied to the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Aynsley Lister, Scott McKeon (as well as older-but-breaking acts like Michael Powers, Otis Taylor and Seasick Steve) – the music and prowess of Oli Brown could easily lead you to conclude that we’re in the middle of a new blues explosion
Today’s track is a different version of the closing track of Open Road, recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis. (Ardent Studios have been involved with the recording of albums by artists such as REM, The White Stripes, Led Zeppelin, Isaac Hayes, ZZ Top, the list goes on and on.) When Oli and band performed a live session at Ardent online, the hits on the website for The Oli Brown Band set was over 1.4 million in three weeks.
And if you like the track, you should see him live (he’s touring throughout the UK in March – dates below). As he told us: “For me, blues can’t come across on a CD. I’d be very disappointed if my show wasn¹t better than the album. It’s something you’ve got to see live. It’s got to feel personal.”
For more info, visit www.olibrownband.co.uk
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