"Mixed Bag" (Curb; 2001)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

I love guitar music and the first song, "Guitar Man," has some sweet picking courtesy of Junior's "guit-steel." After that, the country music flavor overtakes the whole disc. Brown's instrument of choice is a hybrid electric guitar and lap steel guitar and when he plays it full on you know he's got some chops. He's been picking since his first release in 1974.

Although he's got some talent behind his guit-steel he also pens and sings some quirky songs, it's almost something you might hear on The Bob & Tom Show. He was the narrator for the remake of the Dukes of Hazzard movie in 2005 so you've heard his voice before. I only decided to review this CD because of the odd guitar of Junior Brown; he probably won't make the grade for many Rough Edge readers or listeners of the award-craving Rough Edge Radio (Just kidding, R. Scott!!)

Every now and then Junior Brown sounds like Stevie Ray Vaughn and slathers a blues sound all over a song.

Most of the time this disc has a country sound so I've listed below the best guitar grooving songs: "Guitar Man," "Catfish And Collard Greens," and "Chase."

For more information, check out http://www.juniorbrown.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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