Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina,Big Jim Brown is an award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter who’s lived in New Orleans for a decade, where with his band The SpeedKings he’s played venues such as House of Blues, and Tipitina’s. They’ve also toured the Southeast and Western parts of the US extensively, opening for the likes of Government Mule, as well as playing major festivals such as Midtown Music Festival in Atlanta, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Fatherhood in 2004 saw Brown wanting to spend less time on the road and more at home, and so after breaking up the band he started a music school in Pensacola, Florida, where he’s put down new Roots. Jim focused on enjoying family life and the music school, while keeping up his writing in his down time. The result is polished, yet gritty tracks which find their influences in Mark Knopfler, Robert Earl Keen, and James McMurty.
“Helping kids and adults find joy in the simple act of making music helped me rediscover my own voice as a writer and my passion for recording and performing,”
Jim Brown’s new single, ‘Richard’, from his new album, ‘The Devil On The Other Shoulder’, which is set for release on 7 December, is a stripped back acoustic track which tells the story of “Richard”, a man’s man who for the first time in his life has to question himself and what he stands for. It’s a ghostly, and moving, aural portrait.
You can find out more about Big Jim Brown online on his official website.