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2013-01-31

Best $20 I ever spent

Doug White

There I was, driving down Main Street in Bandera and passed the old Cabaret Cafe & Dance Hall. It brought back a wonderful memory. It was when Junior Brown performed there one evening. I showed up and paid my $20 door fee and had the time of my life. It was by far the best $20 dollars, I had ever spent!
Here is a bit of information on Junior Brown. He was born June of 52 in Kirksville, Indiana and is an established American country guitarist and singer. The instruments he plays include the electric guitar, the lap steel guitar and most notably, the "guit-steel" double neck guitar. He learned to play the piano before he could talk! Junior Brown's music career began in the 1960s. He performed with groups such as the Last Mile Ramblers, Dusty Draper and the Dusters and Asleep at the Wheel.
In the mid 80s he was teaching guitar at the Hank Thompson School of Country Music at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. In 1985 he invented a double neck guitar with some assistance from a man named Michael Stevens.
When performing, Junior Brown plays the guitar by standing behind it while it rests on a small podium. Pretty cool!
The top neck on the guit-steel is a traditional 6-string guitar, while the lower neck is a full size lap steel guitar for slide playing. It is a very cool looking set up!
He has two guit-steel guitars for recording and live performances. The original dubbed "Old Yeller" and the second is named "Big Red." As I recall, it was Big Red that he used the night I saw him perform at the Cabaret.
Junior Brown has an outstanding voice and when he did a piece of music called "The Bandera Waltz" the house came down!
I hope you enjoyed this week's story.