Justin Ray Brown started playing the guitar and singing in a small house south of San Francisco at the age of seven. His early years were mostly filled with learning and playing the Blues and classic rock gods. BB King, John lee, Clapton ,Jimmy, SRV, Trower, Joe Walsh. This is were he learned the nasty grit blues playing that he is known for. By the age of eleven he was playing large festivals ,parties and dances around the Bay Area. Getting attention for his ability to play these artist in such detail at a young age. He was also known for sneaking in to bars to sit in with the bands before being noticed and kicked out. These are the years that Justin started to write his own material and it was well known to all what Little Justin wanted to be......
Justin moved from the Bay to Boise Idaho shortly before his sixteenth birthday. For the next eight years He was relentless in his musical studies and performances. Learning the crafts of entertaining and the exhausting task of the bar room grind. Also becoming a performer with great stage presence and the ability to hold crowds in there seats. Or make them sweat the asses off. During this time Justin was more influenced by the southern rock concept of big guitars and great singer/songwriters. As well the idea of bands. Bands like..The eagles, Skynyrd, The Band, Allman bros, Jethro T, and Marshal T. Justin Moved for a second time to Seattle WA in 2005. These years were what Justin Likes to call his selfish years on guitar. Almost mastering the classic rock genre he moved towards the heavy progressive bands like Rush,Yes,Dream Theater,and 80's shred that took him to his limit on the guitar.
In late 2007 Justin moved to the city of Austin Texas ,music capitol of the world to be were the players are. In the last five years Justin has toured extensively through out all of the united states and Europe .He has toured with national well know acts and good old fashioned hard working no ones. This is were Justin Became a true road dog. Learning how to be away from his loved ones and realizing the harsh reality that this is now a job. AND A DIRTY ONE AT THAT. Since moving down south the vast amounts of musical styles have had a effect on him. He was playing country and listening to Buck Owens and George G. Touring with Rock A Billy acts Learning Bill Haley's comets, and The Paladins. Playing Cajun zydeco riffs and discovering the endless great Texas songwriters. Like Joe Ely,Butch Hancock, and Marcia Ball. His musical approach began to dramatically changed. Now more focused on the song he drifted more towards the singer songwriter Playing solo acoustic shows in Austin.
Now at the age of 32 Justin Brown is really now growing into his own skin . He has spent the last few years focusing on his bass playing and truly redefining his music. Stage,recording and traveling experience are evident in his song writing and performances. He has played on numerous albums and for many different artists. Making his original material FUN AND FRESH almost always changing and evolving. Covering genres from, pop,ballad, rock and hard rock, country,Americana,folk ,swing and blues. Justin Is now looking to release his first solo album this year and really break out of his shell. His playing and writing have been tested. Many of his musical and life dues have been well paid. It is time for his music to be heard and the warmth and great energy that he gives while on stage should be felt by the masses.
San Francisco, CA