Living Blues - 6/03, p.85
"...Brown plunges into the maelstrom and emerges with pearls....The disc effectively captures the ongoing reverberations of cultural encounters - black and white, rural and urban, traditional and modernist - that have informed southern music almost since the beginning..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 4/03, pp.92-65 stars out of 5
- "...Brown has obviously poured a lifetime of influences into this album, and rightly so. STINGRAY represents a portal between the past and future of hill country blues....The best blues album of 2003..."
Personnel: Kenny Brown (vocals, guitar); John Wilson (guitar, bass); Leo Schwamm (guitar); Jeff (saxophone); Jimmy Can (organ, drums); Takeeshi Imura, Terrance Bishop (bass); Cedric Burnside, John Convertino, Jamie Peters (drums).
Recorded at The Money Shot, Water Valley, Missouri.
Personnel: Kenny Brown (vocals, guitar); John "Sly" Wilson (guitar); John Convertino, Cedric Burnside (drums).
Audio Mixer: Jim Waters.
Recording information: Money Shot Water Valley, MS.
Photographer: David Raccuglia.
Arranger: Kenny Brown.
Kenny Brown is definitely a bluesman. The man has served his apprenticeship with the best and usually hands out his guitar shingle with R.L. Burnside. But this outing finds him doing a great job of leading the band. Three songs come from Burnside ("Miss Maybelle," the frantic shuffle "Goin' Down South," and "Shake 'Em on Down"), while most of the rest are traditional, including the roaring "France Chance" and "Cocaine Bill," where the bass does a perfect imitation of a cakewalk tuba. Brown lets his trademark slide sing throughout, with a wonderfully raw tone, while his voice carries the weight of years heavily -- he doesn't just sing the blues, he lives them. To hear him on the goodbye of "Fare Thee Well Blues" is to experience loneliness. With a tight band of Cedric Burnside and Takeeshi Imura, he can handle anything, put the grease on it, and take it down home. If you're looking for the real deal, look no further. ~ Chris Nickson