Five Firsts: Julia Brown

NAME: Julia Brown
INSTRUMENT: Guitar. Some piano/keyboard.

Julia Brown

Julia Brown

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first cassette I ever bought with my own money was Squeeze’s “Babylon and On.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … My mom took me to see Tina Turner at the Richmond Coliseum. It was the most exciting thing my pre-teen self had seen up to that point; Tina did not stop moving, from minute one. I wore a ridiculous wool skirt and itched the whole time. But it was a fantastic show.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … My mom is a classically trained pianist, so we always had pianos around the house. I learned to read music and just enough theory to be able to pick out chords but was never very disciplined with lessons.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I didn’t do a lot of singing in public growing up. I sang Bette Midler’s “The Rose” at a talent show in elementary school. I also was briefly a member of a girl group in high school that lasted through two or three performances; we did sing a song that I wrote.

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5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The guy who produced my first album, “Jubilant Newborn Alien Haze,” helped me put together a five-piece band to promote the recording; the band lasted through a handful shows. I was just learning to play guitar at the time and wasn’t able to fully appreciate playing with other folks. Now, I’ve been playing solo for a while, and have begun fantasizing about putting together a band and traveling around in a van. I’m looking forward to it.

NYC singer-songwriter Julia Brown returns to town for a solo acoustic performance at the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes at 8pm on Friday. Sharing the stage will be Nippertown’s own singer-songwriter supreme Bryan Thomas.

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One Response to “Five Firsts: Julia Brown”

  1. Matt Mac Haffie says:

    1. Good taste, bad format.
    2. Gotta like that you suffered for fashion.
    3. Unless you sit side saddle, like Tori Amos, the guitar is much sexier.
    4. In the wake of the Runaways Movie a girl band history is coming into vogue.
    5. A good criterion for choosing future band-mates, beyond musicianship and cool looks, is could you stand to ride in a van with them for 5 hours.

    I’ve seen Julia Brown play twice in the area and she never fails to amaze!

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