Just look at what others are saying about Texas Johnny Brown and Nothin' But the Truth!
"Of all the great Texas bluesmen active right now, Johnny is head
and shoulders above all his rivals. The songwriting on this disc [Nothin' But the Truth]
is exquisite as is the guitar work and production. The music contained on this disc is
diverse, running the gamut from tender ballads to deep soul to down-in-the-alley
Texas blues and every cut is a gem. This man must be heard and rewarded. Hopefully,
he'll be around long enough to get the recognition and success he most definitely
deserves. 6 bottles [out of 6] for a big dose of Texas truth. Tonic for your soul."
· Andy Grigg, Real Blues, Dec. '98/Jan. '99
"I cannot listen to these songs [on Nothin' But the Truth]
without anticipating the instrumental passages. The tone, skill, and
taste is beyond my powers of description as here is simply some of the
best guitar playing I have heard in years. It [Nothin' But the Truth] is
certainly a fascinating and unusual record and deserves to be heard by
· Dave Williams, Juke Blues 42
"But if what you like is a true blues feeling, you can't get any closer
to the real deal in this column [Home Brew] than Texas Johnny Brown. On Nothin' But the
Truth (Choctaw Creek), this sweet, lyrical guitar player displays the hallmarks of
experience: Laid back, funky to the bone, as personal as a fingerprint."
· Bill Kisliuk, Blues Access
"Texas Johnny Brown does the genuine Lone Star style on Nothin' But the Truth
(Choctaw Creek CCR00012). The journeyman performer plays inventive leads and sings with
· Ed Ivey, Blues Revue
· Christophe Mourot, Soul Bag
"Texas Johnny Brown's new CD, Nothin' But the Truth, is exactly that. Truthful,
heartfelt music with enough emotion, diversity and style to catapult him to the ranks of
national attention that he rightfully deserves."
· "The Blues Hound" James Nagel, Houston Blues Review
"The new disc [Nothin' But the Truth] features 11 originals, a few done up in
stylish big-band threads a la B.B. King - the sort of simmering, sophisticated
grooves that straddle the fence separating juke-joint wailing and nightclub-slick
rhythm and blues."
· Hobart Rowland, Houston Press
"In a period when self indulgent and histrionic performers seem to dominate the blues
scene, it's refreshing to hear someone with a different approach. A seasoned professional,
who plays in a modern style, yet respects the best traditions of the music. At one of
Johnny's shows it is not uncommon to hear a downhome Lightnin' Hopkins tune, followed by
one of his fleet, jazz inspired instrumentals. You can also count on hearing his
personalized version of 'Two Steps From the Blues' plus some terrific original
material, all showing that Johnny has lost none of his creative flair. His guitar style
is decidedly Texan, although not particularly identifiable with any other well-known
guitarists from that state. Brown is very much his own man, effortlessly switching back
and forth from lead to rhythm, reaching out to the audience with his understated, yet
empathic vocal style. Johnny Brown is truly one of the few remaining masters."
· Brian Baumgartner, Juke Blues 41