Rolling Stone had a lot to say about Craig Brown Band in November, naming the group one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” Check out what they wrote below:
Craig Brown Band
Sounds Like: Dive bar-ready insurgent country and ragged, punk-fueled folk-rock with witty lyrical musings about the mundane
For Fans of: Bottle Rockets, Banditos, Deer Tick
Why You Should Pay Attention: A fixture on the Detroit music scene, Craig Brown co-fronted the electro-punk outfit Terrible Twos and played guitar with King Tuff, while also fostering his love of old country by recording twang-leaning tunes at home for his own amusement. One of those recordings landed Brown on a festival bill, so he put together a band to expand the sound. It didn’t take long for the fledgling group to catch some big breaks. After attending an early gig, Jack White signed the band to his Third Man Records, which released their debut album, The Lucky Ones Forget, in 2017. Back in the spring, White also tapped the six-piece garage-country crew to open an arena show in Detroit. Another early supporter, Dwight Yoakam, personally invited Brown to open a handful of shows after seeing him play in L.A.
What They Say: “The total country gateway for me was the Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeoalbum. My friend checked it out from the library and we became obsessed with it. I went way further and got into Buck Owens and George Jones. But at first I was more into the energy of playing fast punk and metal, and thought of the country stuff as something I’d just play privately. People think this band is blowing up because of the cool things that have happened, but we’re working really hard. I still teach guitar and work at two different bars, and sometimes we play shows with no one there. We’re just getting started.”
Hear for Yourself: The jangly “Planet Song” rambles with the swagger of Sticky Fingers-era Stones with a message about taking what life gives you in stride. J.F.