As you may know, I’ve been working since last year on an Acoustic EP. My drummer had recently moved to LA, so I found myself sans percussion. My focus turned both to finding a replacement and also to my quieter, more acoustic material.
So I began a solo EP of songs that didn’t need the full band treatment.
And then I started a project at work that kept me real busy for about seven months.
So now I’m just about done with the tracking process of my upcoming Acoustic EP, but in the meantime, I’m releasing a surprise EP recorded earlier this month in Madison over two and a half days of subzero temperatures. It’s called Madison or Bust, and I’m releasing it on my birthday today!
You can get it from my bandcamp site for only $5 (or more if you feel so … Read More »
I’m excited to announce that next week I will be traveling to Madison, WI to record with Julia McConahay at Deerpath Studios. Where will these recordings go? Who knows! Maybe an EP, maybe the beginnings of a new album, maybe hidden away in the crevices of my external hard drive with hundreds of Mb of other recordings. Either way, I’m excited to make my way up there (although whose idea was it to go in winter?)
Updates to come!
Just in time to soothe your Holiday blues, one last show before 2014…
I’m joined on stage by my full rock band, The New Black. We have an exciting set planned out for you, and tickets are on sale now at the Mayne Stage website, and at their box office.
This past August, I lost a dear friend and irreplaceable force in the Chicago music scene. Tomorrow evening, a lot of his friends are gathering at Martyr’s to perform his music to benefit two organizations that Matt believed in — ANAD and NEDA.
Please come tomorrow night and celebrate Matt’s life and music, and help raise money to combat eating disorders.
I’ll be performing as Jeff Brown, in addition to joining Laura Green and Cobalt & the Hired Guns.
Late September mini-tour!
I’ll be in Minnesota and Wisconsin over a few days, including an appearance at the Cranberry Festival in Warrens, WI.
See you soon!
There comes a time in a solo singer-songwriter’s life when he gets together a semi-permanent group of musical partners and conspirators, and they make awesome music together, and he looks at it all and says, “This is good.”
There occasionally comes a time in that same singer-songwriter’s life when he realizes that it’s both inaccurate and perhaps a bit egotistical to keep on billing the act by his name alone.
My friends, that time is now.
I have built a wonderful relationship with three dear friends, and together we have been making some seriously beautiful music. While I re-tool my full band, I have been going out as an acoustic 4-piece act with Eric Stafford on guitars, Sarah Blick on violin and vocals, and Liz Chidester on vocals.
The realization came suddenly that – among the group of us – we had something old, … Read More »
And then, there was Part II: The Far Away Stuff…
I am tremendously excited to be going on the road with the lovely and talented Jesi Jones of Nashville, and will be meeting up with a number of old friends and new friends as well over the course of the two months. We start in a handful of weeks!!
07.11 – Louisville, KY – The Rudyard Kipling (7pm with Jesi Jones)
07.12 – White’s Creek, TN – Ri’chard’s Café (6:30pm with Mare Wakefield)
07.12 – Nashville, TN – Hotel Indigo (10pm with Alyssa Jacey)
07.13 – Nashville, TN – The Commodore (9pm with Donna Frost)
07.14 – Chicago, IL – SoFoTap (7pm with Stephen Leonard)
07.20 – Huntley, IL – Discovery Music Festival (6pm with Jess Godwin)
08.02 – Utica, IL – Starved Rock Lodge (8pm with The August)
08.06 – Chicago, IL – Act One Pub (8pm with … Read More »
I wanted to thank each and every one of you for helping to reach my funding goal. And then some! Not only did you help me meet the goal, but through your generosity, the goal was surpassed. I am blessed and humbled.
Musicians face rejection every day of their lives in one form or another, and I am not immune to this — but moments like these let me know that what I’m doing is important, and that there are people who care and value the art that I love. They are invaluable, as are you.
Thank you, all of you, for being a piece of this album. I will not let you down.
Studio sessions continue…
I have begun the process of recording an acoustic ep. After my debut album with the full band, which I am incredibly proud of, I wanted to come back and visit what it is that made me the musician I am — the art of sitting down with a piece of wood and playing a song. Intimate, beautiful, and simple. After all, sometimes, all a song really needs is a singer and an instrument and an audience…
Before I start work on the follow-up to Last Chance, I would like to take some time to bring a host of new and old songs back to the basics and give you all an EP of fully acoustic songs to tide you all over, also to be released on CAUDog Records. These past few months have been tumultuous, and from that has come … Read More »
And then… there were shows.
And I called it: Doing Stuff! 2013
And I discovered that it was all local.
So it became Doing Stuff! 2013 (part 1: the local stuff)
But then, I decided that while I love Chicago, I think we should see other people.
So I started booking a Summer Tour! Details coming soon, — I hope to be announcing dates by early June.
For now, let’s do stuff!
Oh goodness, it’s been a minute since I’ve last given you an update. And that’s because I’ve been incredibly busy.
The album release party at the Hard Rock Cafe last month was incredible, but I won’t lie – it was a lot of work, and after that I needed a little break. But all good breaks are short-lived, so it was back to work. I recently accompanied a band to Austin, TX for the annual SXSW conference. First time in Austin, and first time at SXSW. It was an incredible experience, if not completely exhausting. I was part of 11 showcases over four days — including four of my own!
But now I’m back home, and back to work. I spent much of February writing a whole cascade of new material, and Austin got a pretty good taste of it, but now … Read More »
Jeff Brown’s Last Chance
Album Release Show (Folk/Pop/Rock)
February 15, 2013
8:30 PM | Tickets $10 | All Ages
Hard Rock Cafe, 63 West Ontario, Chicago, IL 60654 (www.hardrock.com)
Jeff Brown – Indie Folk/Pop/Rock (www.jeffbrownmusic.com)
Matthew Morgan & the Lost Brigade – Folk/Pop/Rock (www.mmlbtheband.com)
Tree – Folk/Pop/Rock (http://www.reverbnation.com/treeband)
Opener: Little Light – Folk/Pop/Rock
Chicago, IL – February 15, 2013 – Chicago-based artist, Jeff Brown announces his album release show on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 8:30pm CST at the Hard Rock Cafe (63 West Ontario, Chicago, IL) with Matthew Morgan & the Lost Brigade, Tree, and Little Light. Event is All Ages. Tickets are $10.
Jeff Brown of Chicago, the musician-turned-music industry lawyer-turned-musician who grew up with his ears glued to Iron Maiden records and can shred electric guitar with the best of them, has partnered with CAUDog Records to explore a softer side of life with debut album … Read More »
Looking to buy my CD this holiday? Well now you can buy it and help charity too. 70% of sales go to Inspiration Cafe and helping Chicago’s homeless. Please buy one of my albums to support this cause (and, you know, support local music too)! Give back and help the less fortunate get a new chance! Check out the video and buy a CD or two on CD Baby!
Click here to watch our promotional video!
Happy Monday to everyone! Just an early note to let you know that I’m going to have a song from my brand new album Last Chance on the Radio Crystal Blue podcast starting this Wednesday! You can listen to the podcast when it’s posted on Wednesday at http://radiocrystalblue.net/home/.
I’ll let you all know when it’s posted. In the meantime, you can listen to previous recordings at that link.
Special thanks to Dan Herman from Radio Crystal Blue for including me in his show! Help spread the love by supporting his show.
The band has been added to a pair of high-profile shows to end the year — after taking the month of October off to rest and regroup, we will be performing twice before the end of the year.
On Friday, November 16th, the band is opening the Chicago Roots Collective Annual Festival at the Beat Kitchen. Doors open at 7pm, and I play sharp at 8pm. I’ll be joined by fellow CAUDog label mates The Future Laureates, as well as A Band Called Catch, Molehill, and The Ewing Theory. Tickets are only $10, and you can get them online here before they sell out!
And just in time for the holidays, the band is happy to be a part of CAUDog label showcase to celebrate Matthew Morgan & the Lost Brigade’s album release! We’re playing at the Double Door on Friday, December … Read More »
It’s true! Not only do you have three chances across the Midwest to see me perform for FREE this weekend, but I have a confirmed date and location for my Album Release!
First things first…
This weekend is the Coyote Festival of the Arts in Wicker Park/Bucktown. I am lucky to be performing on Friday night as Goodbyehome, as well as with my own band on Saturday afternoon.
Friday, September 28 at 8pm, Goodbyehome will be on the Club Lucky outdoor stage at 1824 W. Wabansia. We’ll be joined by The Puffins, Sugarcreek Road, and the Aaron Williams Band.
Saturday, September 29th at 3pm, I will be at the Double Door with the full band (featuring Eric Stafford on lead guitar). Double Door is footsteps away from the Damen/North/Milwaukee intersection, and admission is free with a Coyote Fest wristband (otherwise it’s only $5).
Sunday, September 30th at 4pm, … Read More »
Rachel from Adobe & Teardrops had this to say about the album:
“Brown’s vocals — which I suspect are modeled after James Taylor’s attempts to sound unpolished — work best when surrounded with others’ voices. Also, the songs from “Grace” onward are more musically adventurous — ranging between jazz, classical, and roots, the sheer inventiveness of these compositions deserve your attention.”
Check out the full review here!
Emily Clingman of Scene Magazine in Ft. Collins, CO had this to say about the album:
“Self described indie-folk artist, Jeff Brown has a lot going for him musically. His voice is smooth and windy, his lyrics haunting … Backed by an acoustic guitar, a violin and a divine female voice, melancholy lyrics … still sound lovely amid the delicate harmonies and meandering string riffs. Brown’s 11-song album, Last Chance, is well worth the listen”
Check out the full review here!
After a little over a year since we first began recording drum tracks, my very first album of original material on CAUDog Records is real. It’s so real that it’s sitting in a box in my living room. And now you all can have one!
As of 12:00am this morning, it is available digitally on Bandcamp, itunes, and cdbaby. Unfortunately, none of the sites are carrying physical copies just yet, but that will change soon. Until then, there are two ways to get physical copies. You can find them at any Chicago Acoustic Underground sponsored show. Check out the schedule at www.chicagoacoustic.net.
Additionally, physical copies are available through me directly. Send a message to jeff @ chicagoacoustic.net and I will send you a payment address. For $18 (covers the album cost, shipping, and the 2 mile round trip to the post office) I … Read More »
That’s right folks! Starting tomorrow, July 2nd, Jeff Brown’s debut album “Last Chance” will be available worldwide with a few clicks of your mouse.
The album will be available for download as a whole, and as individual tracks on iTunes. It will also be available for download on Bandcamp and CDBaby. If you want a physical copy, they will be available online via CDBaby, or in person at any Chicago Acoustic Underground show.
Links will be posted tomorrow for ease.
Thank you all for being fans! Looking forward to spreading this beautiful album across the world!
When the weather starts to get cool, things will start to get really HOT in the CAUDog Records camp as we gear up for the Jeff Brown Last Chance CD Release Event in FALL 2012. We have a great line-up of bands that will knock your socks off. Although, you might want to wear shoes so you can dance and groove to the face-melting tunes. Keep checking back for details!
Get ready for your “first chance” to get “Last Chance” — July 2, 2012 is the release date set and the hard copies of the CD are in. Contact Jeff for more details.
Welcome to the new Jeff Brown website!