Leonard Lowdown Brown

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Leonard “Lowdown” Brown
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Texas Music Album Review: Leonard “Lowdown” Brown

The debut of the 70-year-old Houston blues veteran is carried by his soulful voice and effortless guitar playing"For Brown, that’s the blues, and in...

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Leonard “Lowdown” Brown Blues Is Calling Me"In the tradition of Music Maker Foundation artists, he is again proving that it is never too late." ...

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Leonard “Lowdown” Brown, Blues is Calling Me | Album Review"Leonard “Lowdown” Brown, waited until he was nearly 70 years of age before recording his...

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The career of Houston blues ace Leonard "Lowdown" Brown is off to a very promising start"While his process seems like an intense sprint, Brown’s...

Blues GR Interviews Leonard “Lowdown” Brown

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Glide Magazine Premiere: “Blues Makes Me Feel Good”

Leonard 'Lowdown' Brown Drops Slowburning, Guitar-forward Confessional 'Blues Makes Me Feel Good'"With its slow, smile-inducing groove and guitar...

American Blues Scene Premieres “Juke Joint”

Exclusive: Leonard Lowdown Brown Premieres "Juke Joint" From Upcoming Album"An electric guitar-slinging blues legend in the Houston music scene, his...

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The Aquarian Highlights Leonard “Lowdown” Brown

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At 70, “Memorable” (The Grio) Houston Soul/Bluesman Leonard “Lowdown” Brown’s Debut Album Blues Is Calling Me Out Today Via Music Maker Foundation

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As He Turns 70, Soul/Bluesman Leonard “Lowdown” Brown Preps Debut Album Blues Is Calling Me

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Leonard Lowdown Brown Bio

“It’s always been a passion for me, music. It’s always been that way. I think I was born to be a musician.”

Born in 1953 into a family with five brothers and four sisters, Leonard grew up with music all around him. Like many Black families during the Great Migration, Leonard’s mother and father journeyed from their home in Arkansas to Gary, Indiana to raise their family and find more economic opportunity. Music was one way they remained connected to their southern roots, and they shared this passion with their children. He recalls, “When we moved into our first house, the first thing my mom bought was a piano. Everybody would play on it, even if they didn’t know how. The house was always full of music.”

Leonard and his siblings spent their formative years singing in traveling gospel choirs, which he credits as the foundation of his musical style. To him, “When you really listen, all that early gospel music is just the blues with different words put to it.” Around the age of six, Leonard’s father gave him his first guitar and he hasn’t stopped playing since. “I just can’t imagine not having a guitar,” he tells me. “Even if I never played in a club again, I can’t imagine not playing music. It’s part of me, I couldn’t be a whole person without it.”

“The thing about music, to me, is that it’s a way to bring people together and get them on the same frequency. Most people come to listen to music to have fun and dance; it’s a way to unify people. Music what we have in common.”
–Leonard “Lowdown” Brown

By his early twenties, Brown was making his rounds playing in the Chicago music scene in gospel and quartet groups, but had a thirst to try out other styles of music. He took inspiration from the artistry of B.B. King, R.L. Burnside, Chet Atkins and T-Bone Walker’s fingerpicking, tuning into his own sound through imitating theirs. His path changed directions in 1980, when he graduated from a two-year training program at General Electric and was assigned to work in Houston.

A stranger to the city, Brown found his community through music. He met bandmates by frequenting different music clubs, such as Dan Electro’s Thursday night jam sessions. “I’ve met a lot of friends and people through music that I probably never would have talked to otherwise, but because of music we have a reason to communicate.” Leonard quickly became a mainstay of Houston’s music culture and was dubbed as the “Lowdown” by the organizers of Benson and Hedges Houston Blues Festival in 1988–and the catchy name has stuck for a reason.

Brown’s talent has led him to open for acts including Sister Sledge, ZZ Hill, Johnny Taylor and Bobby Bland. For all his accomplishments, he has no intentions of slowing down. “I’ll never get away from it. When I don’t have a gig lined up, I’m working on something in my studio or supporting my friends’ shows and playing with them,” he adds.

As he continues his journey, Leonard “Lowdown” Brown feels lucky to be in the Music Maker community. “I’ve dealt with record companies before, and their bottom line is different from Music Maker’s. They are behind the musicians, pushing them and trying to get people exposed that would otherwise never be seen. It has been real fine to be a part of it.” Music Maker has hooked him up with a set at the Baton Rouge Blues Festival.

When asked what he loves about playing for a live audience, he shares, “The thing about music, to me, is that it’s a way to bring people together and get them on the same frequency. Most people come to listen to music to have fun and dance; it’s a way to unify people. Music is what we have in common.”

Leonard Brown was born on May 15th, 1953.

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