Kenny Brown, an acclaimed slide guitarist skilled in the North Mississippi Hill Country blues style, showcased his incredible talent for the monthly Mississippi Songwriters Alliance’ Songs & Stories series at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs, MS on Thursday, March 16, 2023.
Brown has a fascinating history as a musician that began at a very early age while growing up in Mississippi. He began hearing Otha Turner, Napolean Strickland and others who played at picnics near his home at 7 years old. A young Brown apprenticed with Mississippi Joe Callicott, who was his neighbor in Nesbit, Mississippi, from ages 12-15, when Callicott died. Brown also cites Junior Kimbrough, Johnny Winter, and Johnny Shines as influences. Most people know of Kenny Brown for his many years performing with the the great R.L. Burnside, who referred to Brown as his “adopted son,” and affectionately called him “the white boy on guitar” and “my white son.”
Brown has recorded and performed with many music artists, while releasing albums of his own. His guitar work was featured in the 2006 film Black Snake Moan, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci. He can be seen in the movie playing alongside Cedric Burnside. Brown’s slide guitar is also featured prominently in the Black Keys 2021 album Delta Kreme.
Ty Taylor, a musician and cousin to Kenny Brown, performed several songs with Brown at “The Mary C.” The evening’s well attended show marked another outstanding Mississippi Songwriters’ Alliance event.
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