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Brian Naughton, a recording artist, singer, songwriter and guitarist born in St. Paul, Minnesota, possesses a signature sound driven by an energetic mix of Blues, Rock, Funk and Soul, originating far from the Twin Cities. Although based in Minnesota, his wails, croons and soulful emotion derive in and around the heart of the Deep South. At seven-years old, Brian, a third-generation musician, picked up his first guitar and discovered the love of all three Kings, Albert, Freddie and B.B. in quick order. He deftly adapted more tricks of the trade through the study of artists such as Lonnie Knight, Tim Waters and Gus Dewey, while layering on the heavy influences of T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, and Robert Johnson. Over the years, Brian has continued to push the limits of genre and soul, and has yet to put that guitar down. His style, the evolution of his own brand of expression and his riffs, entwined with raw inflection, interpret and resuscitate the bold flavors of Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Gales among other greats.
As a young man and founding guitarist of Sterns County 17, Brian performed locally with his own band before moving to St. Louis to further immerse and absorb the Blues scene. After three years of learning and playing the local clubs, he returned home armed with an intimate understanding of the heritage and structure of Blues music, which supplies the primal essence of this genre. He continues to dissect and rebuild his findings into his own musical inventions, a love and compulsion he can’t and won’t control.
Brian’s passionate commitment to creating and pushing the boundaries of music has allowed him to build a reputation as one of the foremost guitar players in the Twin Cities. He has shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Lonnie Brooks and Luther Allison among others at both local and national events, combining his pipes and flying fingers to enhance a mix of songs and sounds. Whether performing with industry talents, as part of his band’s trio, paired in a duo, or grooving solo acoustic, Brian expands the expectations and definitions of music in all its forms and will leave you wanting more.
This year, Brian and his band are honored to be featured on the 2014 MN Blues All-Stars CD and DVD to be released fall 2014.
A return to the studio is also in the works with an album release date planned for late summer/early fall 2014. Andy Boterman on drums, Patrick Smith on bass and other special guests will accompany Brian on his latest work, geared to expose more soul, funk and passion within the brave nuances of his inimitable talent. Stay tuned for details on the album’s upcoming release.
When not in the studio, the Brian Naughton Band performs at local venues across the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area and surrounding suburbs.
“Brian Naughton, breaking all boundaries, driven by emotion and impulse.”
For more information visit www.briannaughtonband.net