T. Graham Brown - vocals, guitar; Gary Cubal - drums; Garland Kraft - synthesizers, keyboards; Drake Leonard - bass; Joe McLowin - sax, guitar; Michael Thomas - guitar; Greg Wetzel - piano
T. Graham Brown was a top country music draw between 1986 and 1991, when his songs went to the #1 spot on the country charts no less than five times. Although he has continued successfully to write, record, and tour since '91, it was during the time of this radio concert after the release of his first album, that Brown saw his biggest popularity, opening with "Say When," Brown offers up a sassy platter of tunes, mostly from his debut Capitol Records LP, and his sophomore follow-up, which had not even been recorded when this show was taped.
Captured for the Silver Eagle Cross Country radio concert series, Brown is right at home with this Texas audience, who are eager to embrace the up-and-coming country troubadour. His second track during this show was his first hit single, "I Tell It Like It Used to Be" which shot straight to the top of the country charts. "LaterTrain," and "Hell and High Water," "Too Weak To Fight," "Don't Make a Liar Out Of Me," and a song that would be another Top 10 hit from his second LP, "Don't Go To Strangers." He closes the show with an obvious crowd pleaser: "Rockabilly Rockin'"
Born Anthony Brown, he had worked in various Georgia-based cover bands as Tony Brown. From when he graduated college to the time he got his label deal as a country act, he had worked in a Beach Boys-type duo, an outlaw country band, and a full blown R&B band called A Rack of Spam.
When he decided to move to Nashville to try and make it as a country singer/songwriter, he was made aware that the top A&R exec and music producer was also named Tony Brown. From there, he became known as T. Graham Brown. He was signed to Sony Music's publishing division in 1983, and eventually his many demos, designed to be played for artists looking for material, got T. Graham Brown his own label deal on Capitol Records, whereupon his first album was released just prior to the date of his performance.