Randy Brown, or BrownRandy as he is also known, and Pine Curtain will be featured artist joining the Kirby’s at the Big Sandy Music Hall Thursday April 21st for the monthly Singer/Songwriter Show.
Randy Brown is an East Texas favorite. Having played festivals, wineries and venues all over Texas, Brown continues to perform for crowds that love his musicality and style.
Described as, “All original, post modern, spaghetti western Americana folk & roll from the Upper East Side of Texas,” Randy Brown and Pine Curtain tell stories through songs filled with sadness, loneliness, dread, wonder, joy, humor, philosophy and “maybe even tiny tad of that subtle southern smart-ass.” The trio’s sound uses the ethereal tones of guitar wizard Kurt Bittner and multi-ethnic percussionist JB Smith to “churn out beautiful, complex soundscapes where the wide open spaces of the west meet the mossy confines of southern pine forests and it’s mysteries are laid bare,” according tot he group’s website brownrandy.com.
The following information comes from the band’s website, www.brownrandy.com. Brown is an award-winning singer/songwriter. Born in Shreveport, LA, the son of an part-time itinerant Church of Christ preacher and cloistered songwriter. BrownRandy bought a $10 guitar on credit at the tender age of 12 and started writing songs at the age of 14. After moving from the big city of Dallas to the sleepy town of Mineola,TX in 1974 he took whatever musical jobs he could get playing in various country bar bands for 15 years or so.
Upon meeting finger style guitar wizard John DeFoore and cellist extraordinaire Dirje Childs in 1994 they formed a band called Jealousy Motel who during their 8 year career produced 2 CDs and a great deal of crucial success with their unusual mix of folk, swing and jazz.
After that, BrownRandy decided that a solo career fit him better and spent 11 years as a solo singer/songwriter winning a number of songwriting awards as well as recording 2 solo CDs (Dream Big in 2007 and But Wait, There’s More… In 2013).
After several false starts he found his ideal band mates for BrownRandy and The Pine Curtain in Kurt Bittner (B-bender wizard) and multiethnic percussionist JB Smith. the newly formed group expects to finish an EP in 2015 in time to release it sometime in 2016.
The singer songwriter showcase is an opportunity for artists to connect with music fans who appreciate their art and are willing to pay for and listen to original music. The Music Hall has made it possible to bring some of these artists to Big Sandy for a monthly showcase scheduled for the third Thursday of each month.
“We hope to continue to build attendance and support for original music in Big Sandy.” said Kate Kirby. “We know The Music Hall can provide a really special opportunity for both artists and music fans.”
The Kirby’s (Kate and Andrew Kirby) will also play a set on April 21st. Their music combines acoustic guitar melodies with close harmonies. The group also has songs featuring Andrew on Piano, Bass Guitar and Electric Lead Guitar and Kate on Bass Guitar and Drums/Percussion.
The show starts at 7 p.m. and will last approximately two hours. Admission is just $5 at the door, which goes to support the guest artists and the music hall. Each artist will also offer CDs and other merchandise. The snack bar features pop corn, soft drinks and candy. The venue is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family and enjoy a night out, close to home listening to live music!
The Music Hall is located at the corner of Hwy 80 and S. Tyler Street downtown Big Sandy. “We’d like the Music Hall to not only become a top venue for musicians traveling between Dallas and Shrieveport, but we’d like to be able to host students, musicians, theater groups and special events,” said Kirby.
If you or someone you know is interested in performing at The Big Sandy Music Hall, they can contact Kate or Andrew Kirby at their media office in Big Sandy at 903-636-4351 or on Facebook.