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Davey Brown / Press

“Davey Brown is DC’s closest spiritual relative to Blaze Foley, the hard living Austin icon whose attempts to put out his recordings met one legendary catastrophe after another. Davey has yet to see his masters seized by the DEA, stolen by a car thief, or destroyed in a flood. But his official debut keeps getting delayed again and again for logistical reasons all too familiar to anybody that ever sat down to track a tune. That’s a shame because Davey’s a damn fine songwriter. His working class country punk is honest and gutsy, and his frayed singing is downright visceral. Perhaps it’s fitting that his only circulating release at the moment is a punched up bootleg of an opening set at the Rock and Roll Hotel.”

“It is always a good way to start an evening of local bands if you get a band of high caliber right out of the gate. Davey Brown is all of that as he is ready with guitar and his big booming voice (just shy of Tim Rose and Joe Cocker). He starts and ends it with a solo number, but the full band of drums, bass, and steel guitar is there for the rest. The playing seems quite strong tonight and the band is really rocking, although they alternate nicely between fast and slow and loud and moderate. I am not sure if this is the best I have seen of the band or if it is the case that sound is just more vibrant tonight with all the instruments pushing it out a notch. Whatever the case, this is a great opening set and a good crowd of around a hundred or so is having a great time.”

“Living in Austin, Texas, I am what one would call ‘spoiled for choice’ when it comes to rootsy, acoustic singer-songwriters, but I do my best to keep from becoming jaded, and when I hear something that makes me do a double-take, I pay attention. Sure enough, you’re reading this now because Brown did, in fact, cause me to do a double-take. Those familiar with the Red Dirt scene here in Texas are likely to do a double-take of their own upon reading that Brown reminds me – in voice, attitude, and spirit – of Bleu Edmondson. He’s got a gritty, compelling voice. His lyrics speak to the working class everyman – particularly those struggling even to find work – and clearly come from a lifetime of experience in the school of hard knocks.”

“Davey Brown is with his full band tonight, emitting comfortable Americana folk-rock crossed with some bar-room blues. He sings and plays a gutsy acoustic guitar in front of drums, bass, and a steel guitar. The steel guitar is fascinating as it does the usual accompaniment much of the time, but often wails away like a lead guitarist stomping all over everything in a very fun manner. Those are the needed moments that help propel music away from the expected norms. The band left Davey Brown onstage to do one solo number which was pretty excellent until the twang of a broken string brought things to a halt. But he soldiered on for one more verse and once again proved himself and his band a worthy addition to the DC scene.”

“Gritty bar-room blues rock gets things underway tonight. Good crowd for this record release party and they are enjoying the music here. Brown sings and plays a rock-like acoustic guitar style with bass, drums, and a steel guitarist who has more of a electric lead guitar sound than one of simple accompaniment. The 29 minute set breezed by, easy to enjoy, and featured good enough songs. Brown played a solo song to close and the only advice I would give would be to try to remember the first line without stopping and getting a prompt. But it made for a chuckle. ”

“It's fairly easy to rattle off references to the usual suspects of influences here; Lucero, DBT, outlaw country stuff, punk rock guys "gone country" like Tim Barry, Chuck Ragan, Jon Snodgrass etc. You'll notice that didn't dissuade me from doing so, and those comparisons are certainly relevant. All of that said, if you are fond of any of the newer contingent of similarly inspired artists that often turn up on the site (Alone at 3am, Truckstop Darlin', Arliss Nancy, John Moreland etc.) you should check out Davey's EP and support the guy.”