Sunday, May 27, 2012
On another beautifully sunny afternoon at our Berkeley store, our ears were treated to
the finger picking marvel that is Benjamin Brown. Shoppers took a moment to embrace
the ease of this Sunday afternoon to the sounds of Brown’s authentic tunes--and smiled up at his passionate singing.
His blues guitar style is unique and intriguing-- at 24 years old he plays with great soul, and is inspired by greats such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Howlin’ Wolf. At age 16 he lost three quarters of a ring finger on his right hand, which gives his sound the signature beat that can be heard in most his music. The balance between slow folk ballads and faster howled songs offered a unique sound to each original song. Keep an eye out for Brown at any of his three upcoming San Francisco shows at the Plough and the Stars Irish Pub, Red Devil Lounge, and the Rockit Room Downstairs, all in June.
By Shauna C. Keddy