John R. "Texas Johnny" Brown

Vocals, Guitar

Date of Birth: February 22, 1938     Ackerman, MS

Date of Death: July 1, 2013     Houston, TX

Place of Burial:  Cremated


There Goes The Blues / The Blues Rock, Atlantic (876)

Snakehips / Suspense, Duke (342)

Nothin' But The Truth, Choctaw Creek Records ‎(CCR 00012)

Blues Defender, Choctaw Creek Records ‎(CCR10002)

Atlantic Blues: Piano, Atlantic (7 81694-1)

Atlantic Blues: Guitar, Atlantic (81695-2)

Lucerne Blues Festival 2004 (The 10th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival), Lucerne Blues Festival (no #)



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