Junior Brown is a genuine character: Armed with a white cowboy hat, remarkable baritone voice shaded by that of idol Ernest Tubb, a ready "Mrs." (Tanya Rae) who chimes in on rhythm guitar and harmonies, and his trademark patented (literally) guit-steel contraption, he's a virtuoso musician and country throwback all rolled into one. Brown's clever original tunes could be right out of the Tubb songbook: country-noir epics sometimes doused in blazing irony or matter-of-fact melodrama like "My Wife Thinks You're Dead," "Venom Wearin' Denom," or "Hang Up and Drive," the last from his recent EP Vol. 10. As a guitarist, Brown is a fleet-fingered phenomenon who has seemingly mastered every genre from honky-tonk and western swing to surf, blues, rock 'n' roll, and most in between.
Wed., March 19, 7 p.m., 2014