Mel Brown was a master musician, a musician's musician. He was able to charm the souls of any listeners who wanted to vibe on his guitar riffs or twinkle to his ivory key strokes. I even had the privilege to witness Mel play a harp one night and like an old world snake charmer, he had the audience trapped in his voodoo blues spell.
This CBBlues stream includes the trailer of the film, my interview with Rob Ring and some memorable photos of the man = Mel Brown.
I didn't know that Mel and I would become unlikely friends, but we did. I remember the one time I asked Mel be a guest star on my popular radio program at CKWR. In he strolled, as I never saw Mel ever walk fast, with a large gym bag as though he was off to the squash courts. Reaching into the bag, he pulled out a variety of different musical cassette tapes. He explained how he had contributed to each one of the cassettes with a bit of guitar here or a bit of piano there. It was an amazing show and I probably have the cassette tape I made of that show somewhere in my raffle of long lost stuff, which had to stay in Canada due to my migration to sunny Spain.
It was a blast from the past to chat with Rob Ring this week, who is the editor of this ground breaking film. He describes the film as a compelling look into the life of the man, his music and the traditions of blues music. I am so excited to see it!!!!
Keep it Real,