Adam Brown & The Triple Crown Band:
All About The Experience
By Johnny Griffith
Adam Brown is in love with music and wants his fans to feel that love. Born in 1989, he began his love affair with music when, at the age of four, he saw an old performance of Stevie Ray Vaughn on TV. At the age of five, his mother gave him his first guitar which had belonged to his father who had passed away when Adam was only two. He’s had a guitar close at hand ever since.
Growing up in East Texas, Brown’s mother not only encouraged his love of music, but helped him get gigs at the ripe old age of 10, constantly exposing him to different types of music and musicians. This education allowed him to start his first band by the age of 17 and a year later, Adam opened up for Candlebox at a show here in East Texas.
Always persistent and always learning, Brown has since started a project called Adam Brown and The Triple Crown Band and they are performing all over the area as well as working on albums and videos along the way. Motivated by his love of the music, a solid work ethic, and his young daughter…Brown expects big things to happen and is doing his part to make sure he and the band have those chances.
Johnny: When did you decide to take music past the hobby level and try to make it more?
Adam: I think I always kind of knew that I wanted music to be my life and my career choice. After the first time I saw the enjoyment in people’s faces that watched me do what I loved so much, I knew this was what I was meant to do.
Johnny: Who makes up the Triple Crown Band and where did that name come from?
Adam: The Triple Crown Band is made up of Roy Hufstetler on bass guitar and backup vocals, Eric Dobbins on lead guitar, Gary Henson on drums, and myself on lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar. The name sort of came to us right after our first practice back in 2011. I was always a big Crown Royal fan and it had a good ring to it so it just stuck.
Johnny: How would you describe your music?
Adam: That’s one of the hardest questions to answer – to describe my own music, but I would definitely say it’s Red Dirt country with a lot of rock and blues influence in there as well.
Johnny: Have you and the TCB done any previous recording work?
Adam: We have an album out right now with 10 tracks on it called “Close Your Eyes” that we recorded at Rosewood Studios in Tyler. We still sell hard copies at our shows and it’s also on any music download app for purchase. We just put out a new single that is currently playing on 105.7 KYKX called “At a Bar Somewhere in Texas” and we will have the new album out by the middle of this year.
Johnny: About how many shows a month are you guys currently playing?
Adam: As much as we can! When we are not focused on recording the new album, we practice and play every chance we get. Make sure to follow us on social media – we are constantly booking new shows.
Johnny: What have some of the biggest challenges been to devoting more time to playing gigs and traveling?
Adam: It’s all about the cashflow baby! Just like everybody else, we have bills to pay: car payment, rent, etc. and have to put food on the table so we have to do that first and then everything else goes into the music. I would say juggling between to the two and keeping life at
a happy medium is probably the biggest challenge there is, not just in music but with anything you love.
Johnny: What has been your support base through the journey?
Adam: We definitely couldn’t do this without our family, friends, and fans. Through the good times and bad, we wouldn’t be as far as we are if not for their love and support.
Johnny: What has been your most memorable gig to date?
Adam: I’d have to say Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth was probably the coolest place I’ve been able to play so far because there have been so many greats on that stage and to be able to follow them – standing in the same place as them – was just amazing. As cool as that was though, I believe the most memorable shows are yet to come.
Johnny: What’s your proudest accomplishment so far in your career as a musician?
Adam: Without a doubt, recording my first album was a great accomplishment, and my first big dream was to be able to hear my song played on the radio so when that happened, I was pretty excited. Kind of on that same line was when we heard a bar full of people sing one of our songs for us. There just isn’t anything that can adequately describe the sight of other people singing something you created.
Johnny: What’s your favorite cover song you do that nobody else is doing?
Adam: You know, I don’t think we worry so much about playing a song no one else is playing right now…so much it is that our sound, and show, is unique to us. Even if we’re playing the same cover tunes as other bands, when we play them, it will sound completely different. To us, it’s all about just playing – our sound and our way. The rest will work itself out.
Johnny: Okay, let’s say I’m out on the weekend looking for a live show to enjoy. What sets you guys apart from the other options I have?
Adam: Well I think what sets us apart is that we do such a wide variety of music from Red Dirt country to R&B to Hendrix and all the best old classics thrown in the middle. Throw in all of our original music and that gives you a show you won’t be able to hear anywhere else.
Johnny: What’s on the horizon in 2018 for Adam Brown and the TCB?
Adam: We’re looking forward to a full schedule of shows this year, both acoustic and full band. Also, promoting our new album that we can’t wait for you all to hear. We are also excited about working with our new management company. They are adding a new dynamic to our growth as a band including new videos, which are in the works as we speak. We look forward to sharing them soon with all of our fans. We’ve got a lot of great things for the new year in store. Look out, here we come!
Adam Brown & The Triple Crown Band can be found on the web at:
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April 21st: Mouse and the Traps and Bowling for Soup
April 21st (8pm) – Mouse & The Traps – After more than 50 years together, Mouse & the Traps continue to be one of the best examples of “Texas Rock & Roll.” Formed in Tyler, Texas in 1965, Mouse, Nardo, Dave & Larry continue to give the public just what they want – great rock and roll. Whether you remember “Public Execution,” “Hit the Bricks,” or not, Mouse & The Traps has something for everyone. Tickets are $20-$25.
April 21st – Bowling For Soup at Clicks Live (8pm) – American pop-punk band Bowling For Soup emerged in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1994, but have since relocated to Denton Texas. Tickets are on sale at the door for $19, and may be purchased in advance online for $15 at etix.com.
Blind Pursuit: Chasing Dreams
By Johnny Griffith
In science, there is a phenomenon known as the Butterfly Effect which states, that in a complex system, small changes in one place can have a larger effect elsewhere. This is best illustrated in the hypothetical example of a butterfly flapping its wings in Mexico and causing a hurricane in China.
A more practical example of this would be the formation of the band Blind Pursuit, based out of Palestine, Texas. An amalgamation of sound and styles brought to the table by each individual member, Blind Pursuit is the end result of five people from different backgrounds and geographical origins ending up in a small town in East Texas and magic happening.
Hailing from Southeast Louisiana, Maine, Cayuga, and Harmony, the odds of these five people interacting were astronomical, but small changes had large effects and Blind Pursuit has been a staple in the east Texas music scene for three years now. We recently tracked them down to get to know them just a little better.
Johnny: Blind Pursuit has been playing gigs around East Texas since 2015. What was the genesis of the band and what is the current line up?
Blind Pursuit: Our first show was February 28th, 2015 opening for our good friends Blacktop Mojo at Click’s Live in Tyler.
Our current lineup includes Marc Mitchell on drums, Craig Jones on bass guitar, John Reed on lead guitar, Katie Reed with lead vocals, and Michael Jones on lead vocals and acoustic guitar.
Craig and Katie hail from Cayuga, Texas. John was raised right down the road in the Harmony Community just outside of Palestine. Marc migrated from the great state of Maine; and Mike spent most of his time about 45 minutes southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been in Texas since 1998 and spends his time filling in behind the bar at Pint & Barrel Drafthouse in Palestine, and working construction. He met John and Katie again in 2013. John and Katie own Reed Construction where John builds custom homes and Katie does interior design. Craig owns Oak Floor Supply in Tyler, Texas and Marc is in marketing and communications and sometimes moonlights at the Appleton Coffee House.
Johnny: How about the name – there’s a lot to be said in that name. What does it mean to the band and where did the idea come from?
Blind Pursuit: The name Blind Pursuit stems from the belief that we are all pursuing something, whether it be chasing dreams, running after love, or following your passions; at some point, it takes a blind leap of faith to achieve something truly great. In all actuality, we started with the word ‘Pursuit’ and since we had no idea of how or where we were going or how to get there, ‘Blind’ seemed like the obvious choice.
Johnny: Blind Pursuit has a pretty eclectic mix of sounds in your catalog but how would you describe ‘your’ sound?
Blind Pursuit: Wow! That’s a great question, one that we’ve been asking for quite some time. We play what we love. We are a varied group of musicians with different musical backgrounds and tastes, and we play what we would like to hear if we were sitting in the audience. Our own sound stems from songwriting, which is mainly done by our lead singer Michael, and so it definitely has a soulful, emotional style to it, and has a layered Indie rock feel. You can hear a little bit of our southern influences layered in as well as the obvious differences of having two lead vocalists. So if you wanted to pigeonhole us into a specific genre, I would say we fall into the Indie Rock genre, just because it encompasses such a wide variety of sounds and musical stylings.
Johnny: How much of your show is covers versus originals these days?
Blind Pursuit: After the release of our debut album “Offramp,” we do about ¾ covers and the rest originals. New material is constantly being added and we hope to shift the number of originals to a larger segment of the show.
Johnny: About how many shows does the band try to play a month?
Blind Pursuit: We’re currently averaging five shows a month but we are always looking to add to that.
Johnny: Are most of the gigs in the east Texas area or do you travel out of the area?
Blind Pursuit: The majority of our shows are in East Texas. We do travel to north and central Texas on occasion and we are hoping to broaden our travel radius this year.
Johnny: What are you most proud of as a band?
Blind Pursuit: Our album, without a doubt. We feel like it is such an outpouring of who we are and our evolution over the past couple years. It’s like we have given birth to our own child. So much love, nurturing and hard work has gone into this project. Our resources and time have been singularly focused towards this and we could not be prouder of how it has turned out. We worked with so many great musicians and our Producer, Phillip Moseley was a great asset. They have been invaluable in helping us birth this album.
Johnny: What has been your favorite moment, on stage or off, as a group so far?
Blind Pursuit: I think it has been a thousand small moments of connection with our fans. We’ve heard stories where our songs touched someone going through a divorce, or something we sang really resonated with someone going through a tough time, and you just stop for a second after the mad rush and adrenaline goes away, and you think about how you’re affecting people and the connections you’re making. When we see people singing along with our songs, grabbing their person and dancing, when you see an emotional reaction – that’s the good stuff, the reason we do what we do.
Johnny: What is in the works for the year?
Blind Pursuit: We’ve got another handful of songs and hopefully, that will translate into a new project as well. Whether the next step is an EP or a full-length album is yet to be determined.
Johnny: What’s in the water down in Palestine, between Blind Pursuit, Blacktop Mojo, Kolby Cooper, and others… seems like Palestine has become a serious music town. What’s your take on it?
Blind Pursuit: Every once in awhile, “magic” happens in the most unlikely of places. If you’ve seen the documentary on Muscle Shoals and the music that came out of that small studio in Alabama, then you kind of have insight into the madness behind the magic.
All these acts from Palestine are backed by the most awesome community of people who rally behind us and get the word out, grassroots style. The people here truly love music and they believe in us, or we wouldn’t be able to do what we love. We have a connection, not only through the town we’re from but through our producer and the studio we’ve all recorded at, Audioworx.
Johnny: What experience do you hope first timers will have at a Blind Pursuit show?
Blind Pursuit: Someone recently left a review on our Facebook page that sums it up perfectly: “Bet you will leave their concert feeling like your soul is a little more free than when you walked in.” We hope that everyone will leave feeling a little lighter and a little more connected to their fellow man. In a world where we are bombarded with distractions, we hope people can come and reconnect and feel more human than when they came in. We hope the love and passion that we have for life and music can be felt and translates well to concert goers.
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