FUNKY JOINT/335 RECORDS
CUP OF TEA–LOVE SAKE–SWEET CADILLAC–WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE–CAN’T OUTRUN THE BLUES–THE RIVER–HURRICANE–NOTHIN’ BUT LOVE–THIS OLD HEART–CALIFORNIA–DRINK YOU OFF MY MIND–DUSTY ROAD
The Brothers Brown are brothers only in their love of music, even tho both are named Paul Brown. The Los Angeles-based Paul is a two-time Grammy-winning producer, guitarist, singer and songwriter within the jazz realm. Nashville’s Paul Brown is a Grammy-nominated producer, writer, and keyboard monster we know from his time spent with Bobby Rush. (We can’t say for sure, but we think ol’ Bobby is singing about Paul in his classic “I Ain’t Studdin’ You”—go listen to it and make your own assumptions!) Both these titans have combined their immense talents to create “Dusty Road,” twelve originals that delve deeply into their varied influences and makes for a fine blend of blues and soul, with a touch of gospel and roots music.
Joining the Brothers Brown on this disc are a Nashville-based rhythm section, with David Santos on bass, and Pete Young on drums. They kick things off with the sweet midtempo groove of the story of a girl “lookin’ mighty fine in those old blue jeans,” “she’s my Cup Of Tea.” “Sweet Cadillac” gets into that greasy, funky strut as the fellows reminisce about drivin’ downtown in that big ole “Daisy Duke from 1962!” Paul’s swirling organ lines are deftly interwoven with slide guitar from Little Feat’s iconic Paul Barrere on “Hurricane,” while both “When All Is Said And Done” and “Drink You Off My Mind” have a gospel feel, altho the subject matters are vastly different, the former dealing with a love healthy and strong, while the latter is an alcohol-fueled attempt to escape from love.
We had two favorites, too. Guitarist Paul’s leads give “This Old Heart” a solid, bluesy vibe, while keyboard Paul makes “Can’t Outrun The Blues” a cool shot of that good ole funk-blues he and Bobby Rush are noted for.
Brothers Brown live by the credo that we are all one big, happy, extended musical family, and the grooves of “Dusty Road” represent our life experiences. To this, we say, “Amen, Brothers!” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow