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Monday 29 July 2013

Oli Brown: Well Connected Bluesman Brings His Road Stories To Komedia Brighton

Following Oli Brown's action packed European summer tour with guitar maestro, Joe Satriani, and numerous festivals in North America, the Norwich local will be in Brighton later this year with tales from the road in an intimate solo show.

The 24 year old has spent the past seven years touring the world with five British blues awards to his credit, three studio albums and his latest release; a live CD?DVD..

Oli said: "We've completely opened up the freedom on stage to think more creatively and be more reactive to our songs. 

It's a lot of fun and a good atmosphere on stage too." 

Oli has played guitar since the age of 13. The first guitarist to influence him was, of course, Jimi Hendrix.

Carl Gustafson (who had invited him to the States) and the rest of Carl's band Blinddog Smokin', took time out of their busy touring schedule to explain some of the history and meaning of the Blues. 

Whilst staying with Carl, Oli also learnt about stage performance, soloing , timing, which have proved to become a major part of Oli's live gigs.

He has had the pleasure of playing alongside Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Robben Ford, Devon Allman and many other great artists, including the legendary Godfather of British Blues John Mayall!

Oli added: "I don't really write straight 12 bar blues. I think it's been done by so many great players and we don't need to keep repeating ourselves." 

Music is a full-time career for Oli and his education now comes from life on the road and the people he meets along the way


It was late 2002 when Oli Brown picked up a guitar for the first time. 

Oli"s debut album, Open Road, was recorded and released in 2008 and received great reviews across the UK and Europe. 

While in Memphis Oli was asked by John Fry (the owner of Ardent Studios) to go in and record a live session for them - this session received 1.3 million hits in three weeks.  

Vanquish Guitars became an endorsee of Oli and now produce the Oli Brown Signature guitar (made to the specific requirements that he wants on stage). 

Oli Brown plays Komedia Brighton on Tuesday 10th December 2013. Tickets: £10.00/£12.00 via or the Box Office on 0845 293 8480

by: Mike Cobley


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