National recording artist comes to Seymour

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The second in a series of national acts will occur Saturday night at the Jackson Live and Event Center in Seymour.

T. Graham Brown has 15 studio albums and has recorded over 35 singles on the Billboard, Cash Box and Gospel charts since 1986. Some of his hits include “Hell and High Water”, “Don’t Go To Strangers” and “Darlene” “. “

He was the face and voice of the popular Taco Bell Run for the Border campaign for four years. He currently hosts “Live Wire” on Sirius XM’s Prime Country and has fun playing from time to time. He also just finished a western.

The goal of Jackson Live owners Rodney and Amanda Burton has been to bring national artists to the region since their venue opened last summer.

That goal was achieved last month when McBride and the Ride performed in their 8,700-square-foot, 500-seat venue at 1849 First Ave.

“It was a great show, and they took the time to meet and greet the fans afterwards,” said Rodney. “People don’t realize what a great opportunity this is to see national artists up close and personal.”

Now the Burtons are happy to bring Brown to their stage.

Other acts in the series this year include Exile, Andy Griggs, Darryl Worley, Doug Stone, Terry McBride, and Billy Dean.

“T. Graham Brown is a funny and really talented guy, and we’re very happy to have him here,” said Rodney.

Ashley Barron will open the show at 7 p.m. Saturday. According to ashleybarronofficial.com, she embraces the independent and powerful aura of the compatriot in her writing and music.

Influenced by country greats such as Johnny Cash and other modern stars like Miranda Lambert, Barron now incorporates her experiences and life stories into her writing, creating passionate, local and relevant music.

Until Friday, tickets for the show will buy one, get one free, so $ 20 each. Add $ 10 if you want to sit in the first two rows, subject to availability. Tickets at the door will be $ 40.

Burton said several local radio stations, including 92.7 WXKU, 101.5 WKKG and 105.3 WMPI, are offering tickets to the show.

T. Graham Brown

Anthony Graham Brown, known professionally as T. Graham Brown, was born in Athens, Georgia on October 30, 1954.

Growing up, being a musician never occurred to him because his dream was to become a baseball player.

“I went to the University of the University of Georgia and was on the baseball team, but I spent a lot of time on the bench,” Brown said. “I got an offer to sing at a local Holiday Inn in Athens, and the guy offered to pay me money even though I had never sang professionally.”

Brown and his friend Dirk Howell were singing together at a party one night when another friend who worked at Holiday Inn suggested they audition for a job in the living room.

“So I went to baseball practice that afternoon and told my coach I was sitting on the bench the whole time and didn’t like it and I had an offer to sing, ”he said. “I asked the coach if he thought I should play baseball or sing, and the coach said I should probably go sing.”

Brown and his friend got the job at the hotel lounge and kept it throughout college, playing the roles of Dirk and Tony.

After graduation, Brown wanted to add a band and go on tour, but Howell had other career plans, so the two paths parted amicably.

Pursuing a musical career, Brown formed a hardcore country band, Reo Diamond, but quickly learned of the financial difficulties of touring in a band without a recording contract.

Brown met his future wife, Sheila, at a Dirk and Tony concert at the University of Georgia, then saw her again a few years later when she came to a Reo Diamond concert. They were married on November 30, 1980.

“She was studying to be a vet and came back to the farm one day and suggested we move to Nashville after completing her masters work,” he said. “If that didn’t work out she said we can go back to Georgia.”

Brown said he was nervous about taking the step, but Sheila was totally okay with it because if they didn’t go, she was afraid he would always question himself for the step. rest of his life, wondering “What if? “

“So we got off the hook and went to Nashville in 1982 and we didn’t know anyone or anything about how it worked,” he said. “We just figured it out, and it was an adventure.”

Initially, Brown sang songwriter demos to gain experience, then Capitol Records heard his voice.

“I signed with them and released a single around 1984 or 1985 that went to around 39 in the Top 40,” he said. “Then we released a second single, ‘I Tell It Like It Used To Be’, and it was a big hit, and then we released an album.”

Brown arrived in the mid-1980s which was an exciting time for country music with a crop of emerging talent such as Randy Travis, The Judds, George Strait and more.

“I got down to work and touring with what I call the ‘one-name people’ like Willie and Waylon, Merle, George and Tammy, Conway and Loretta, Kenny and Dolly and all these people,” he said. he declared.

Brown said he did around 300 shows with Kenny Rogers when he was “the greatest thing on the planet”.

“We played in some really big places, so I was thrown into the huge arenas from the start that I had no experience in, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly,” Brown said.

Keith Whitley was one of Brown’s best friends back then, and they were like brothers.

“We were great drinking buddies, and you know he died of alcohol poisoning, and that got to where it was a problem with me,” he said. “But thanks to Almighty God and the love of Sheila Brown, I was finally able to stand up.”

His song “Wine into Water” is about his struggles with alcoholism. The song was featured on her debut gospel album, “Forever Changed”, which received a Grammy nomination in 2014.

When COVID-19 closed the doors last year, Brown used that time to make an acoustic album of his biggest hits called “Bare Bones,” which will be available to stream on October 9.

“I hope to start another album in the next six months, which will be an anthem record,” he said. “I look forward to it.”

Currently, he is finishing a soul tribute album containing soul hits from the 1960s.

“I have a bunch of friends who are going to be on this, like Wynonna, and the other day I went to Texas and recorded Tanya Tucker,” Brown said. “Dwight Yoakam is on it, Sammy Hagar and a lot of other friends who will duet with me.”

He said it was great to get back on the road after the shows were canceled last year.

“It was not a good financial year, but we succeeded,” he said. “People are really happy to come to the shows and are enjoying the live music again.”

Brown will be 67 in a few months, so he and his five-member group pick and choose which shows they want to do. They perform on weekends and do about eight shows a month.

“We’re having a great time right now and we’re really enjoying it and having fun,” he said. “I’m probably having more fun now than I did then because things were hectic.”

Brown said their son was an adult and married, so Sheila travels with the group all the time now.

“She takes care of our goods and works hard at four or five different jobs, and she always goes there,” Brown said. “We just don’t work as hard as before, and thank goodness we don’t have to.”

At the end of Brown’s shows, he tells the audience about his struggles with alcohol and drugs and emphasizes the importance of mental health.

“I’m bipolar, and I want them to know that they don’t have to live that way because there are drugs now if they go to the doctor so they can live a normal life,” did he declare.

Brown and his wife are part of a church building ministry, but their personal ministry is to help people get sober and stay sober.

“We’re just trying to do what we think God wants us to do,” he said. “I want people to know that God loves them and that God bless the United States”

Regarding Saturday night’s concert, Brown said audiences will hear the hits they expect to hear, as well as some gospel songs and who knows what else.

“I guess I want to keep doing this for as long as Tony Bennett has been doing it, and he’s just retired at 95,” Brown said. “At least a few more years anyway.

In one look

Upcoming national acts performing at the Jackson Live and Event Center, 1849 First Ave., Seymour:

  • T. Graham Brown, Saturday
  • Exile, September 10
  • Andy Griggs, September 18
  • Darryl Worley, October 23
  • Doug Stone, October 30
  • Terry McBride, November 20
  • Billy Dean, December 4

Tickets are available by calling 812-521-1282. The regular price is $ 40 for a single show (add $ 10 for the first two rows, subject to availability).

Until Friday, tickets for T. Graham Brown are bought one, get one free, so $ 20 each. Tickets at the door will be $ 40. In addition, packages are available for several shows.

The shows are sponsored by Schneider Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. and in part by 92.7 Nash Icon.

For more information on these and other shows and events, follow Jackson Live and Event Center LLC on Facebook or visit jacksonliveandevents.com.


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