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Blues Defender Is Getting Rave Reviews!

The reviews are in! Another winner from blues legend Texas Johnny Brown!

"Blues Defender aptly demonstrates that Texas Johnny Brown is more than capable of competing with the best. This is top drawer soulful Texas blues which should appeal to blues lovers of any genre."  · Gordon Baxter, Blues on Stage, March 2002

"Run for the hills if you are afraid of hearing some magnificent blues!.... [T]his is a good CD. It burns the barn in a multitude of blues fire.... It's a joy and delight to hear a master doing what he does best."  · Bill Fountain, Southwest Blues, April 2002

"We are truly indebted to this artist who stands head and shoulders above all his rivals. His song writing is exquisite. His music is diverse, running the gamut from tender ballads to deep soul and on to hard driving Texas blues...All the grooves have that sweet lyrical guitar and laid back, down to the bone, funky sound."  · Ray Coker, BAWDC Dance Director, Bay Area Whip Dance Club

"Johnny brings us 11 original songs (Ed: 10 original songs) in which he shines as one of the great masters of the Texan school."  · Marc Nolis, RootsTown Music Free-zine 16 - 2002
(Dutch Version) - (English Version)

For Texas Johnny Brown's French-speaking friends, we are pleased to announce that Blues Defender received four stars ("excellent!!!") in a review by Christophe Mourot in Soul Bag (Issue 166, Printemps 2002)

"[E]legant yet raw guitar licks, world-weary vocals, some damn tasty piano and B-3, and the delicate sadness that is Brown's songwriting. With the tracks melting into one another, it's practically one long meditation on the darkness of the human spirit, albeit with plenty of fat, danceable grooves."  · Robert Fontenot, OffBeat Magazine, April  2002

"[T]he guitar soloing throughout is brilliantly spare and melodic, avoiding frivilous six-string pyrotechnics and focusing instead on clean tones and cool sounds...Brown delivers precise guitar leads that communicate like the voice of a disciplined singer...On Blues Defender, Brown's singing is his most effective on record to date, conveying passion and depth of insight."  · Roger Wood, Living Blues, Issue 162, April  2002

"This album is the complete package - original songs of the highest caliber written and sung by Brown in his clear, soulful voice accompanied by his crisp, clean guitar riffs played with superlative tone...This is the best new blues album these old ears have heard in a long, long time. Highest recommendation."  · Jim Shortt, "Short Notes", Bay Runner, March 2002

"With Blues Defender, veteran Texas Johnny Brown entertains and inspires, proving that Houston blues is joyously alive in the 21st century."  · Roger Wood, Houston Press, January 24, 2002

"Fans of the Houston sound, as well as blues guitar fans will want to grab this disc."  · Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes, December 2001

"Mr. Brown exacts just the right amount of notes from the neck of his guitar with surgical precision, delivering more soulful blues with a handful of strategically crafted riffs than most guitar players can do all day at high speed. Mr. Brown sings with the conviction and power of a man who has been there...definitely one of the great blues songwriters of our time."  · Gene Kelton, Texas Blues Magazine, December 2001

"Blues Defender will undoubtedly be on the short list for top records of the year. Texas Johnny Brown is at the top of his craft and this release should help spread the news."
 · Jeff Harris, Bad Dog Blues Radio, WITR 89.7 FM, Rochester, NY, February 2002

"Blues Defender...Is TOP SHELF! This gets PLAYED...a lot."  · Phil Casden, WNJC 1360 AM, Sewell, NJ

"I can assure you this one will make my Best Blues Releases of 2002. Very fine blues and such a wonderful voice."  · Art Schuna (Real Blues Magazine US Blues DJ of the Year), WORT-FM, Madison, WI

"Johnny's got the tasty Texas blues guitar honed to a fine art."
 · John Taillie, KGLT, Bozeman, MT

"This is a a real great release, all the songs are good indeed and we're happy to put this release on playlist for several weeks."  · Jean Luc Vabres, Radio France Drome

"It's a superb album...I know this will get lots of airplay."
 · John Roths, Music Director, KEOS 89.1 FM, College Station, TX

"It's really a great album which we will use a lot."
 · Kjell Andreassen, Radio Holstebro, Denmark

"Blues Defender is 'tight'....The instrumentals are equally 'hot'."
 · Dee Henry Williams (The Grand Deeva!), Music Director, KFAI, Minneapolis, MN

"I just got Johnny Brown's new CD Blues Defender. It is fantastic. The writing is fresh and the groove is deep."
 · Richie Babb, Program Director, WFOS-FM, Hampton Roads, VA

"[Blues Defender] is full of fresh and exciting songs, great arrangements, terrific guitar--the only problem is knowing which track to play first."
 · Bruce Stovel, host of Calling All Blues, CJSR-FM, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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