Kirby Brown is somewhat new to the Nashville scene and has been making himself known through gigging around town. He likes to do both the solo and band thing, and we are all anxiously awaiting his upcoming sophomore release, “Uncommon Prayer” which he recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL.
But, for now, pay a listen to Kirby’s debut record, 2011’s “Child of Calamity” which is without a doubt, the record that I am most sorry to have almost missed. In addition to some great songwriting, it has moments that will flat out rock you face off! It’s lead track “Young! Young! Young!” sounds like the New York Dolls meeting Americana. It’ll make you go buy the record off Amazon like I did.
And top this all off, he’s even made a pizza recommendation to The Pizza Snob. Thanks Kirby for giving us 11 answers to 11 questions.
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
I was born in Deep East Texas, and then was raised in the Ozark foothills of northern Arkansas. We eventually ended up back to East Texas, then I struck out to Dallas for four years, then to New York City for four years. I came to Nashville two years ago. I had it on my radar back before I moved to the Northeast. I was ready for a change, and it seemed like a natural next step in the pilgrimage. There was something about the idea of a “creative community of songwriters” that spoke to me.
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?
Hmm. The first music I remember having of my own was a cassette single my dad gave me of “Everything I Do (I Do It for You)” by Bryan Adams, from the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack. I wore that thing out in my Walkman. I think the first CD I bought with my own money was the eponymous Third Eye Blind record. They beat us over the head with that record at the skating rink in my hometown. Not gonna lie though, those songs still get the nostalgia flared up. The most recent thing I bought was Guy Clark’s Old No. 1 and Tristen’s Sneaker Waves, both on vinyl from Fond Object Records in Nashville.
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
Our family wasn’t really a “go to concerts” group of people. My people were all pretty conservative, so my first exposure to live music was in the church. I don’t think I went to a proper concert until I was in my late teens. My grandad was a gospel, bluegrass, and early country player, so I grew up hearing jams with him and others around church and up in Mountain View, AR, which is this historical little town in Stone County where people come from all over and just pick with strangers in lawn chairs. The whole thing was a very O Brother, Where Art Thou? type of situation, which I didn’t appreciate as much as an angsty youth at the time. I’ve just returned from SXSW in Austin last week, so the most recent things I saw were everything at the Luck Reunion: Rayland Baxter, Paul Cauthen, and The Texas Gentlemen.
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
Is John Prine on there yet? Guy Clark? (editor: neither) If not, those seem overdue.
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
Coffee I make at the house most of the time. I don’t like my coffee too snooty. For pizza, I like Five Points Pizza on the east side. It’s as good as any I’ve had outside of New York. Since I know you’re into pizza though, my favorite slice on earth is Layla Jones in the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn, in case you find yourself up there. That crust…
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
Oh wow, I’m not sure I can even begin to answer that. Blonde on Blonde? There’s just too many classics.
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
I’m not much of a late-night eater, but I’ll hit Dino’s Bar for a burger if I find myself hungry at the witching hour.
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
Bryan Cates, Erin Rae, and Andrew Combs
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
Douglas Corner, both Basements, and I’m waiting on that call from the Ryman to see if I can settle on how I’d feel about playing there.
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?
Wesley Geiger from Dallas, TX. He’s one of my best friends and easily one of my favorite living writers.
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
I’ve got a record in the can and finished right now, so working on getting that released in the near future. Beyond that, I’ll continue to write, play shows here and abroad, and try to keep moving the needle, all while challenging myself and hopefully inviting the listener to be challenged as well.