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Junior Brown

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Though the title could as easily apply to most of Brown's output, Mixed Bag understates the eclecticism of this radical traditionalist's first release in almost three years. For fans of his pyrotechnic picking on his double-necked "guit-steel," there's an album-opening assault on Jerry Reed's "Guitar Man," as well as supercharged romps through "Catfish and Collard Greens" and "Wild Goose Chase." While the musical rewards of such virtuosic displays may wear thin quickly, the balladry of "Running with the Wind" and "Our First Bluebonnet Spring" strikes a richer, deeper vein, while the patented wordplay of "Cagey Bea" (about a Russian spy) and "Little Town Square" attests to Brown's distinctive songwriting. The biggest stretch is the horn-laden Dixieland of "Riverboat Shuffle," before the musicianship of veteran stalwarts such as pianist Hargus "Pig" Robbins and drummer Buddy Harman returns the collection full-circle to classic country. --Don McLeese

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  • Audio CD (December 14, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Curb
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005M98W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Moohead on July 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Another great Junior outing. I've seen Junior live twice in the past week and more than 10 times total now. CD's will never do the man justice compared to his live shows (where he routinely covers Hendrix and has a stunning new version of his surf medley including the likes of the theme from "Bonanza", "Ghost Riders in the Sky", and the themes from "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" and "2001 - A Spacy Odyssey", but I digress)
"Catfish and Collard Greens" is the signature here and probably the closest thing you can get on disc to seeing Junior live. If I had to try to explain Junior to an alien from another planet, I would start with this song. It's interesting to hear the studio experimentations that can't really be done live such as Hoagy Carmichael's ragtime "Riverboat Shuffle". Junior is obviously a Carmichael fan since he has previously covered "Hong Kong Blues". "Hard Living Hard" and "Running with the Wind" are classic country with the former sounding like it is coming straight off the radio circa 1973. "Cagey Bea" is the most clever song and musically engaging with the "Russian" guitar sound. I suspect this will be a concert standard much like "Highway Patrol" or "My Wife Thinks You're Dead". It's also about time Junior finally covers Ernest Tubb with a fine rendition of "Kansas City Blues". I've hit the high points here, but then again there are no low points. If you like guitar, then by default you like Junior. You can't go wrong here.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Unkie D on August 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
With his new release, "Mixed Bag", Junior Brown has created some new country classics for a new generation of music lovers. He continues to stretch the boundries of steel guitar playing like no one else can and rip loose some string bending guitar licks that makes any guitar player green with envy. He adds to his expertise on the guitsteel with his velvet smooth baritone voice and his creative songwriting. This new CD covers music genres from rock and blues to new orleans jazz, all the while leaving no doubt to the listener that Junior's heart belongs to traditional country and western. Below are listed the cuts from this new release along with a short summary of how they sound to me.
1. Guitar Man: This remake of Jerry Reed's hit from the 60s is as catchy today as it was back then and it fits Junior and his guitar picking to a "T". Great version.
2. Ain't Gonna Work Today: Bob Wills would be proud of this Texas Swing style tune. Humorous lyrics about down on the farm life and great steel guitar.
3. Riverboat Shuffle: This Hoagie Carmichael song is not what a typical Junior Brown fan would expect, but it a pleasant suprise. Junior pushes the envelope of steel guitar by jamming with a New Orleans jazz band on this number. It's nice to see an artist take his music into different directions.
4. Our First Bluebonnet Spring: A slow traditional country and western song that blends Junior's great voice and his pedal steel.
5. Cagey Bea: Another one of Junior's trademark, play on words, songs. This one is about a sexy double agent from the U.S.S.R. and includes a great Russian sounding steel guitar part.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2001
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Junior Brown's new release, "Mixed Bag", is a refreshing variety of musical styles deeply rooted in Country and Western. This new compilation of Junior's style of Free Range Country touches on music genres from tradional C&W to New Orleans jazz and Rock and Roll. Junior's blazing guitar work is highlighted in cuts such as, "Guitar Man", "Catfish and Collard Greens", "Kansas City Blues", and the snappy instrumental "The Chase". His velvet smooth baritone voice is highted throughout this new release and is especially appreciated in the country rooted "Our First Bluebonnet Spring" and "Running With the Wind". Junior's humorous and play on word lyrics continue in songs like "Cagey Bea", "Ain't Gonna Work Today", and "Little Town Square". On a somber note Junior's "Grow Up America" bring attention to child abuse. "Riverboat Shuffle", although a remake of an old Hoagie Carmichael song, is a exciting new sound for Junior that features Junior with a New Orleans Jazz Band. I hope Junior continues to stretch the envelope with his Free Range Country. I know I'll be waiting for the next edition in a long list of Junior Brown releases.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Cantu on August 7, 2001
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Junior, in my humble opinion has done it again. Mixed bag is just as the title says, Junior jumping from one style to another and doing it quite well I might add. When Bob Dylan went electric there were people even during his performances calling him "Judas". I have been to a couple of Mr Brown's live perfomances and they too have been a "Mixed Bag" all the way from an excellent homage to Hendrix with even a tribute to "Close Encounters" to bringing smiles to a country crowd with his "Bandera Waltz".
Junior "smokes" Jerry Hubbard's "Guitar Man". "Aint gonna work today" is done in the great tongue-in-cheek style that only Junior can do, which kind of causes this reviewer to compare him with Mississippi John Hurt in his humorous seasoning of his creations. "Riverboat Shuffle" is probably the one cut that would cause a bit of dissent among dyed-in-the-wool enthusiasts of Junior's style. I feel that, as with any artist especially one of Juniors virtuousity, it is departures like this one that cause the artist to grow and create a little "elbow room" for up and coming new feats. The track seemingly does not want to belong but after giving it a couple more listens, I can see where "Loonier Junior" is coming from. I had the same misgivings about "Hong Kong Blues" off another of Junior's albums. Cagey Bea is one song that I must thank Junior for recording. After hearing it live I wondered who had written it and now my curiosity is satisfied. "Catfish and Collard Greens" is a good example of what to expect from Hard driving start to Guit-Steel faux toss finish of one of Junior live shows. Gol, durn it Junior, You've done it again. Good Job Pardner!!!
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