Foyer Folk: Kevin Brown at Number 8, Pershore
Kevin Brown was first transported to the blues universe after watching Muddy Waters on the television in 1964. Regardless of his Lancashire roots, Kevin was going to be a bluesman. Five years of studious guitar practice later, during a chance meeting whilst busking in Portobello Road, London Kevin met Son House, the man who inspired Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. Son House liked Kevin’s passion and took him under his wing. He taught him the emotional power of simple words, and how to make a slide guitar howl at the moon. He gave a kid from Lancashire his blues credentials and sent him out to spread the message. This led Kevin from the crossroads down a long road of searching, pain and enlightenment, absorbing the musical emotion and technique of Leadbelly, Skip James and Robert Johnson. He moved to Austin, honed his writing skills at the feet of Butch Hancock, Townes Van Zandt and Blaze Foley and then served his apprenticeship in the roadhouses and bars of Texas.
Fourteen albums and 1000s of gigs later, Kevin Brown is one the most respected blues guitarists, singers and songwriters on both sides of the Atlantic. He has attracted plaudits from the great Albert King, Martin Simpson, Joe Boyd and received thanks for his tribute to JJ Cale from his widow Christine Lakeland. He’s played on Mark Knopfler’s recordings, and Andy Fairweather Low has played on Kevin’s. Both are Kevin Brown fans.
If you doubt a kid from Preston could really play the Delta Blues, just ask the punters in the juke joints of Clarksdale, Mississippi, who have taken him to their hearts and flock to see him when he visits for a few months every year.
“Kevin Brown has never ceased making joyful, soulful, tuneful, beautifully produced music. He’s an ace, no one like him” Joe Boyd
“Kevin is far more than just a great slide player” Mark Knopfler
“Kevin Brown is the real deal.” Martin Simpson
“What singles him out is his voice” Robin Denselow, The Guardian
“A great player and a great guy” Andy Fairweather Lowe
Saturday 14 May – 8.00pm
(plus 80p per ticket if booked online, fees capped at £6 per transaction)
Visit Number 8’s website for booking.
In line with the recent government announcement – from Friday 10 December all of our customers aged 11 and over will be legally required to wear a face-covering within the building, unless medically exempt from doing so. Face covering may only be removed in the coffee bar or auditorium when consuming food or drinks.