Brian Brazil

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FROM: CA Burbank

DAY JOBS: Other

Member Since: 2010

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At age 16, Brian Brazil discovered the recordings of Little Walter Jacobs, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite and others. After buying his first harmonica, he found he had a natural aptitude for the instrument. He was influenced by Blues, ‘50s-’70s Rock ’n Roll & ’60s R&B artists. Brian eventually amassed an extensive record collection and gained great historical knowledge of many artists and genres going back as far as the 1930s and ’40s.

Later on Brian met Norton Buffalo who suggested he listen to Country harp players like Charlie McCoy. Brian developed his skill level to play melodies plus twin and harmony parts with guitars, pianos, fiddles, and pedal-steel guitars; this articulate approach is Brian’s signature musical trademark.

His first big break came in 1977 when he joined the house band at the famed Palomino Nightclub in North Hollywood, CA, where he opened shows for or backed up some of the biggest names in Country Music. Soon after, Brian worked in the 14-piece orchestra for the weekly Country Music Television show, Down Home USA. During 1978-85, Brian toured nationally as a sideman consecutively with three different bands.

Over the years Brian has opened shows for numerous artists including Bo Diddley, Albert Collins, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and dozens more. He’s shared the stage with talents like Albert King, Albert Lee, Coco Montoya, Billy Swan, Don Preston, and others. He’s worked with over a dozen bands, and has added his harmonica expertise to numerous recording sessions and videos for bands as well as numerous TV/Film soundtracks.

With his rich baritone voice and intricate, melodic harmonica licks, Brian Brazil is undeniably an accomplished musician and exceptionally spirited performer. For more information contact: bluesdynamics@gmail.com.
 

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