In the winter of 2013, right after his twin boys were born, John John Brown started writing songs that would turn into his debut album The Road. No Depression calls it, "A supple and suggestive blend of astute Americana accompanied by a quiet, reflective glow", while Elmore Magazine dubbed him "one of the more promising young names in folk music today". john john's live acoustic performances have been garnering critical acclaim as well. In 2015 and 2017 he was chosen as a Kerrville Folk Finalist for the legendary "New Folk" competition, he went home a winner of the South Florida Folk Fest Songwriting Contest in 2016, and he was recently selected as a 2017 emerging artist at the falcon ridge folk Festival. Seeped in good storytelling and fingerpicking melodies, John John Brown seems to have discovered part of the mystery that surrounds the great singer/songwriter tradition.
No Depression: "The Road is one of those albums that suggests Brown’s talents have been stirring for some time. A supple and suggestive blend of astute Americana accompanied by a quiet, reflective glow, these ten songs offer up an air of quiet contemplation and wistful contentment."
Elmore Magazine: "Though John John Brown mines a well-trodden genre and a familiar territory, traversing the working class towns and flea-bag motels of our big country, he forges his own Road, establishing himself as one of the more promising young names in folk music today."
Ear to the ground music: "John John Brown is as talented a songwriter as we’ve found in 2016. This album, The Road, is an absolute stunner from start to finish. It’s not every day that you’ll find someone with the kind of control, sense of melody, and beautiful purpose behind his songwriting. It’s a true delight and will contend for album of the year for me."
Buzz Artist: "The Road doesn’t feel like a debut album. It sounds like the highly-anticipated next album from your favorite influential country artist who’s been hammering out inspiring hits for a few decades. The reality, though, is even better. Brown is an emerging talent on the folk scene, taking his obvious influences of classic mountain songs and transforming them with harmony and rhythm until they are wholly, admirably, and stunningly his own."
Independent Clauses on "the wind": "Brown shows a deft arranging hand here, expertly creating a wide-open folk mood that’s as complex as those made by any more famous musician. The lyrics of the tune are equally expert, adding their literary heft into the already-high level of gravitas in this remarkable folk tune."