T. Graham Brown to perform here Saturday, June 28

The 16th Annual Le Festival de la Viande Boucanée, also known as the Smoked Meat Festival, is just a few weeks away. Organizers are excited to announce this year’s great musical lineup, which includes T. Graham Brown, who will be performing Saturday evening, June 28.

T. Graham Brown’s uniqueness has made him of the most enduring popular singers in Nashville. It’s been five years since his last album “Wine into water,” but he continues to be in demand as a national concert attraction, a songwriter and a studio singer. Once you have heard his drenched-in-emotion voice, you don’t forget it, and neither have the thousands who still pack his show each year.

Brown has 21 charted songs that have netted 11 Top 10 and three number one songs. Anthony Graham Brown has been performing for nearly a decade in country and soul bands in his native Georgia when he arrived in Nashville in 1982. His one-of-a-kind voice and wide-open friendliness attracted attention immediately.

He was catapulted into the country Top-10 in 1985. During the next five years, Brown ruled the upper reaches of the charts with a dozen hit singles, including such memorable efforts as “I Tell It Like It Used To Be,” “Darlene,” “Come As you Were,” “If You Could See Me Now” and his award nominated 1990 duet with Tanya Tucker “Don’t Go Out.”

The 1986 hit “Hell and High Water” was named Country Single of the Year by Cash Box magazine. The video for 1987’s “Brilliant Conversationalist” cracked the VH-1 hit parade. “Dock of the Bay” became a hit in Germany and “Rock It, Billy” was a success in England. Brown became a country music association nominee in 1987.

Graham’s career also expanded onto the big screen with roles in Richard Pryor’s race-car movie, Greased Lightning,” John Schneider’s science-fiction feature “The Curse” and the David Keith film about Elvis, “Heartbreak Hotel.”

He’s also an in-demand jingle singer for dozens of national products, including Coke, Mountain Dew, Budweiser Beer, Ford, Chevy, Hardees, McDonalds, Harrods Casino, Taco Bell and many, many more. In the 1990’s he not only sang the jingles for Taco Bell but he starred in its widely seen “Run for the Border” television spots.

His new album, “The Next Right Thing” is proving itself to be a real “career record” in every sense of the term. His first single, “Which Way to Pray” is a powerful song that deals with abuse and forgiveness.

So don’t forget to mark your calendars, because Brown will be in Ville Platte at the civic center at this year’s Smoked Meat Festival. Admission is $7 per adult and $1 for children, under 12.

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