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Kenny Brown is an American blues slide guitarist skilled in the North Mississippi Hill Country blues style.
Brown apprenticed with Mississippi Joe Callicott, who was his neighbor in Nesbit, Mississippi, from age 12 to 15, when Callicott died. Around 1971 Brown began playing with two other musicians. Johnny Woods would make an occasional playing partner to his death in 1990. More steady was Brown’s learning with R. L. Burnside, who claimed Brown as his “adopted son. In the early seventies Kenny and R.L. started to perform in their region, and would keep up as a duo for twenty years. Cedric Burnside joined their tours from about 1994, as Burnside’s reputation surged. In the 1990s and early 2000s Brown participated in most of Burnside’s tours and recordings, including the Burnside-Jon Spencer Blues Explosion collaborations and the remixed albums.
Brown first appeared abroad in Sweden in 1989, and later in 1992 at Åmåls Blues Fest with George “Mojo” Buford.
On records, he plays second guitar on two of Junior Kimbrough’s albums throughout, and on some tracks on the posthumous compilation, God Knows I Tried. He is on tracks by Asie Payton, CeDell Davis and Paul “Wine” Jones, The North Mississippi Allstars, as well as Frank Frost and Cyndi Lauper.
Brown’s own debut album was Goin’ Back to Mississippi (1996), produced by Dale Hawkins. He has recorded one album for Fat Possum Records, Stingray (2003). He released Cheap, Fast, and Dirty (2006) with Danish guitarist Troels Jensen, at Olufsen Records. Meet Ya In The Bottom (2008) is a CD Baby release. His double album Can’t Stay Long (2011) was released on Devil Down Records.
Brown’s guitar work was featured in the 2006 film Black Snake Moan, where he provided backing for star Samuel L. Jackson’s vocals. He can be seen in the film’s climax as a guitarist in a blues band, playing alongside Cedric Burnside.
Brown lives in Potts Camp, Mississippi, in the North Mississippi Hill Country, and continues to play locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.