LIVE: Bryan Thomas, Julia Brown @ the Bread & Jam Cafe, 3/19/10

March 24th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg

Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas

How long has it been?

More than a year?

Yeah, one of Nippertown’s very finest singer-songwriters hasn’t stepped into the spotlight in waaaay too long. It’s not that he’s stage-shy, that’s for sure, because Bryan Thomas grabs the audience’s attention as soon as he straps on his guitar.

But back from his 13-month hiatus, Thomas launched into his show at the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes on Friday night, and almost immediately began apologizing. “I told Julia that I should have been opening for her,” he said. Then he whipped through 10 stunning tunes in 50 minutes – proving to everyone within earshot why he shouldn’t really be opening for anybody.

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CD Giveaway!

March 18th, 2010, 11:50 am by Sara

We’re giving away copies of Julia Brown’s “Strange Scars.”

CD Giveaway: Julia Brown’s “Strange Scars”

March 18th, 2010, 8:23 am by Greg

NYC singer-songwriter Julia Brown is headed into the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes at 8pm on Friday, where she’ll be sharing the stage with one of Nippertown’s finest, Bryan Thomas.

We’ve got copies of Brown’s latest CD, “Strange Scars,” to give away to some lucky Nippertown readers. Simply send an email to We’ll draw names at random and announce the winners on Friday afternoon. Good luck!

Check out the new music video for Brown’s song “Pieces of the Species,” directed by BriAnna Olson:

The Schenectady Gazette wrote, “In a perfect world, New York City’s Julia Brown would be a much, much bigger star than she is. Instead, she’s the best kept, and best, secret in the indie folk world, a hidden gem in a sea of same, falsely emotional singer-songwriters.”

Go here to find out more about Julia Brown.

Five Firsts: Julia Brown

March 17th, 2010, 10:05 am by Greg

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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