Jeff Brown earned his bluegrass cred working for Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers in the mid-’90s. Back then, Jeff handled bass on the road with Sparks, but he is now on guitar with his own band, consisting of very talented young folks from far southwest Virginia, including some of his kin folk.
A debut album, Blue Side Of Me, is due in June from Mountain Fever Records, who has released a single this week to radio. The song is These Old Blues, a classic from the Sparks catalog, which Brown sings with Larry’s blessing.
“Jeff Brown understands the music from the Stanley Brothers to Larry Sparks. Jeff did the tenor singing and played bass in my band for some time and continues to record some with me to this day. Our music needs someone to help keep it alive and I believe Jeff is one of those who can do just that. I hope to hear more from Jeff and his band in the future.”
Still Lonesome is Brown’s teenaged son Austin on bass, his nephew Noah on guitar and harmony vocals, recent ETSU Bluegrass graduate Meredith Goins on fiddle, Josh Blankenship on mandolin, and Josh Underwood on banjo.
Jeff Brown is well-known in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee as a tireless advocate for bluegrass music. He teaches at Southwest Virginia Community College’s certificate program in Traditional Music, and is now actively touring with Still Lonesome.
These Old Blues is available now to radio programmers through Airplay Direct.