A few snapshots from Handwritten Recording, where I’ve spent the past few months working on some new music that I hope to have to you by this Fall!
It’s going to be a busy one. Once I returned from Europe, I was concerned that it was going to be a slow summer.
Clearly I was wrong.
I’m beginning the month of June with a special event: the premiere of a musical that my dear friends wrote the book for, and asked me to write the accompanying music. It’s called Tenure Track, and it’s earned a spot in the Premiere Premieres Festival in Chicago beginning on Thursday, June 2nd.
Check out the poster below for the rest of my performances throughout the upper Midwest for the month of June.
Europe. Was. Amazing.
The jet lag hasn’t worn off yet, and already, I’m planning and scheming as to how to get back next year…
But until then, seriously, the jet lag is wrecking me. Sleep soon. And then back to work on the new recording.
And then probably some more sleep.
So, I’ll be honest, updating my webpage here is much less easy than updating my Facebook and Instagram. I love you all, but I also do all my social media by myself.
Here are a bunch of photos from Europe thus far. There will be more on my Instagram and Facebook accounts.
After a flight and a several hour drive, I am hanging out on the black sand volcanic beaches of Vik, Iceland. The first show of my European Tour 2016 starts tomorrow in Reykjavik! In the meantime, it’s just really nice to be alive, and to have this opportunity.
From Iceland through England, Scotland, and Ireland… Tour dates are set from 27 April through 17 May.
April 27 – Gaukurinn Reykjavik, Iceland 8:00pm Tickets 1000ISK
April 28 – Dillon Whiskey Bar Reykjavik, Iceland 10:00pm
April 29 – Filey Folk Festival, Filey, UK 7:30pm Tickets: £ 10 Tel: 07808871118
April 30 – Victoria Park Hotel Edinburgh, UK 8:00pm Tickets: £ 6
May 1 – House Concert Edinburgh, UK 8:00pm Tickets: £ 10
May 2 – The 13th Note Cafe Glasgow, UK 7:30pm Tickets: £ 5
May 3 – Hotel Argyll Ullapool, UK 8:00pm
May 4 – ‘Beautiful Nairn Nights’ @ WASPs Arts Studio Nairn, UK 8:00pm Tickets: £ 8
May 5 – The Market Bar Inverness, UK 8:00pm
May 7 – The Acoustic Yard Festival, Town Hall Theatre Westport, Co Mayo, IE 8:00pm Tickets: €22
May 9 – The Corner Bar Skibbereen, Co Cork, IE 9:30pm
May 12 – The Crown Inn … Read More »
It’s true! Europe, I am coming back this Spring. I’m in the finishing stages of a month-long tour through Europe that will take me through Iceland, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Denmark, beginning in late April. Included in these dates are a pair of UK festivals.
I’m delighted to announce that I will be touring with friend and musical partner Teresa Storch from Colorado. She’s amazing, and worth a few listens if you aren’t familiar with her already.
More details forthcoming!
A Place to Shine Music, in partnership with Mixin Mingle, is proud to present their final Songwriter Showcase
Friday, October 16th, 2015
7:30pm $7.00 Admission
Includes Light Beverages
Beer and wine available for purchase.
124 Cass Street
Woodstock, IL 60098
Please join us for our last showcase of 2015 to celebrate and to enjoy an evening of music with talented local and regional songwriters sharing their music and the inspiration behind it. We have an amazing line-up of songwriters this month that is sure not to be missed!
Hosted by Cassandra Vohs-Demann
Amy Dixon-Kolar – http://amydixonkolar.com/
Jeff Brown – http://jeffbrownmusic.com/
Mark Hobbs – http://markhobbsmusic.com/
Tim Merkel– www.treebeardsound.com
Melissa DeGott – https://twitter.com/melissaxbass
For more information visit
This month sponsored by
Heading down to Texas in a few weeks! Hope to see you out — we’ll be stopping by St. Louis, MO, Stillwater, OK, Dallas, TX, and Lawrence, KS.
I’m fortunate to be traveling with two brilliant songwriters in Matthew Morgan and Marcela Carmona.
So, I went and did something ridiculous in the hopes of winning a pair of tickets to be on stage with Metallica at Lollapalooza. They’re running a competition to where people are posting videos of them playing air guitar to Metallica songs. So, I entered in the best way I knew how…
Check out the video if you get the chance. Like it, share it, say nice things, but mostly just enjoy it.
My my my, I’m going to have a busy month. Lots of opportunity to make music in and around the Chicago area and beyond, including two residencies both at the Uncommon Ground on Monday nights, as well as various dates at the Victory Gardens/Biograph Theatre (where Dillinger was shot back in 1934)
Despite the melancholy nature of many of my songs, at the very core of it all, as an artist, human being, and creative soul, I support Love. In honor of today’s monumental decision in support of love, I am offering the single “Happily Ever After” for free download. Listen, download, love, and have a fantastic day!
Last night was one of the best shows I remember being a part of. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by amazing musicians as The New Black headlined Chicago’s Metro for the very first time. Everyone involved in the night has my love and thanks for being a part of such an important event.
And, now that the dust has settled, I can say that I’ve been planning the special surprise at the end of the set for the past year. I went and proposed to the beautiful woman that I’m going to spend the rest of my life with.
It was a good night.
Jeff & Alex recently submitted a video for consideration in this year’s 2015 Couch By Couchwest online festival (because let’s face it, SXSW is so 2005). Here is what happened!
Thank you again, CXCW, for having us!
Featuring: Jeff Brown & the New Black
with special guests: The Future Laureates, The Lauren Wolf Band, and Common Shiner
Tickets available now at http://metrochicago.com/jeff-brown-the-new-black-06-05-15/
Enter promo code BROWN for a $4 discount per ticket, because we love you and you deserve to save money.
Happy March, everyone! It’s been a little while, but there are a lot of things cooking this month and into the future for Jeff Brown…
Tonight starts a month filled with shows and showcases — I’m delighted to be a part of the CAUDog Records showcase at the Underground WonderBar’s Roots Room at 8pm, alongside a whole bunch of friends and label-mates. But that’s just the beginning!
Next Monday and Tuesday, I’m helping to debut a musical that I’ve been providing the music and music direction for. Yes, that’s right… a musical. It’s called Tenure Track, and is written by a college friend and her writing partner. We’re having a staged reading with live music (provided by Jeff Brown & the New Black) at the Apollo Theater studio (right downstairs from where Million Dollar Quartet plays). Tickets are going fast for both … Read More »
Happy October everyone!
I hope that by now you’re enjoying the cooler weather, the fall colors, and the pumpkin-flavored everything…
Down here at the Jeff Brown camp, we’re gearing up for two months of shows leading up to the start of the recording process for the very first album with my band The New Black. We’re happy to announce that our next album will be produced again by Chicago Acoustic Underground’s label, CAUDog Records.
But until then, there are several chances to spend some time with us.
This Friday, October 3rd, I will be joining Sarah Blick on violin and vocals and Alex Gilewicz (of The Aldermaniacs) on cello and vocals at the Uncommon Ground on Clark Street. Music starts with us at 9:00pm. No Cubs game means plenty of parking!
Next Wednesday, October 8th, I will be sitting in with my dear friend and … Read More »
Cutting Ties is now officially available just about everywhere!
It’s on iTunes.
It’s on CD Baby.
It’s on Amazon Music.
It’s on Bandcamp.
It’s probably available in a bunch more places I don’t know about!
And of course, wherever I’m performing, I’ll have copies with me.
I hope you enjoy it!
My friends, the work is finally complete on the upcoming Acoustic EP, and I am thrilled to announce that I’m releasing it on Wednesday, August 13th at the Mayne Stage in Chicago…
Mixing is complete, and mastering should be done by next weekend.
I look forward to sharing the new work with all of you. Joining me that night will be my good friends in Common Shiner (who will also be premiering their new video that evening), and the amazing Brittany Moffitt. I have known both acts well for several years now, and believe me when I tell you that the 13th is going to be filled with as much talent as the Mayne Stage can hold…
See you there!
They say that if you’re good at something, never do it for free.
I say, if something makes you happy, find a way to share it with as many people as possible.
This song never really wanted to be on an album, so I let it stand on its own. It’s free if you want. You can pay for it if you want. What I want is for people to let it into their lives. This song is special to me, and my hope is that I will never be the only person who can say that.
Enjoy, my friends. And spread the word if you please.
With a name like The Throne Room, there was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity to tie in GOT.
We’re thrilled to not only be helping to open Lakeview/Lincoln Park’s newest music venue, but to be doing so with our friends in Jackpot Donnie. Doors are at 7:30 this Saturday the 31st. We play first at 8:30 sharp.
Although, seriously. Where are my dragons?
So I’m home after about a week and a half traveling around the UK. I can’t even express how amazing a time it was – London was wonderful, Edinburgh and Fife were exceptionally lovely, and Glasgow treated me kindly.
Three shows in three nights in Glasgow, and I feel like I could have played for another three more without thinking. All of the artists who joined me were incredibly talented, and so very welcoming. I hope to see them all again, be it on this side of the pond or the other.
So thank you again to Peter Quinn, who shared the stage with me the final night, and Mick, who helped to set up the other two evenings.
Now, to get ready for the next string of shows that will take me and the New Black through Illinois and Wisconsin for the … Read More »
It’s true! My first ever international set of shows! Thank you to Peter and Mick for helping me out. I’m looking forward to seeing what Scotland has to say about me…
No, seriously, like THE Metro.
I’m not going to sit here and pretend like this isn’t a giant deal to me. Because it is. And I want to share it with all of you.
We’re playing my favorite venue in the city of Chicago. The first music venue I ever walked into* when I was 18 years old and starting a new life in this city I call home.
The most recent incarnation of my music, dubbed The New Black, will be performing on Friday, March 21st. Doors open at 7:30, and the show starts at 8pm. We hit the stage promptly at 8:45. The Metro is very on time. Very very on time.
Joining us are my friends in Hero Monster Zero, as well as fellow CAUDog Records act The Lost Brigade, Cathy Greenholdt, and Magatha Trysty.
All of this can be yours for … Read More »
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!