“25 Years Behind” is the debut album from The Revenue Man, better known to his friends and family as Glenn Brown. The cinematic video for “Tennessee Sunset” has gotten “The Man” some heavy traffic at his YouTube Channel. But, I’m gonna point you to this live take of the song featuring just Glenn and his guitar at the famous Sun Studios in Memphis. This unplugged version appears with two other songs on a limited vinyl release of the LP.
Among the new original cuts on the record, Brown mixes in a clever countrified cover of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding” that I know will bring a smile to the face of its composer, Nick Lowe.
Thank you, Glenn for paying 11 Questions a visit. During this downtime, you can catch some live streaming from him at The Revenue Man Facebook page.
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
This is my second time living in Nashville. I first moved here from Washington, D.C. to go to MTSU where I got a degree in the music program. I moved to LA for 20 years then repatriated myself to TN seven years ago for a myriad of reasons. First and foremost was that being in LA sucks!
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl, or digital?
The first record was on vinyl. It was Billy Bragg’s Talking with The Taxman About Poetry at Peaches Record store in D.C. Last was The Wanting by Cody Jinks, also on vinyl. I ordered it through the mail. Vinyl will be the cause of my financial ruin!
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
First was Jackson Browne at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Last was Tyler Childers at the Ryman here in Nashville.
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
I like Just Love Coffee when I am not forced by quantum physics to “buy corporate.” As odd as it may sound, I’m not a pizza guy. I do like Goodfellas by the slice when I infrequently indulge.
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
Southeastern by Jason Isbell, hands down. I realize it’s not “cool” to like Dave Cobb anymore. So, I put a sign in my yard saying, “I’m not cool, and I want Dave Cobb to produce my next album.”
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
Well, it depends on what part of town we are in. But if I ever get my biggest bucket list wish fulfilled, and I get done performing at the Ryman; well, I’m glad Paradise Trailer Park has reopened because late-night tater tots are going to happen.
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
Easy. Elizabeth Cook, Will Hoge and my friend Denny Rudolph from the briefly famous and amazing Ambers Drive).
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
I really like what The Listening Room has going on. People go there to hear new ready-to-break original acts. They appreciate the craft. Douglas Corner is also right in my wheelhouse as well as Kimbro’s in Franklin. I haven’t played Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge yet, but I love the vibe and hope to soon.
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here.
Can I ask for two? Both aren’t what you would expect, but their writing style would thrive here: Frank Turner and Colin Hay.
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
Toughest question of the bunch. I have resigned myself not to care what happens with the “career” portion of my musical journey. I will always perform and give the same effort, whether it’s busking outside on the street or headlining at Bridgestone. And I’ll never stop writing.