REVIEW: Glenn Brown’s “25 Years Behind” Unpacks Deepest Feelings in Country Throwback Twist

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The Revenue Man is a pseudonym used by Glenn Brown. He might be an obscure artist right now, but his name is not so obscure. Born Glenn Brown (not to be mistaken for Jamaican singer and producer Glen Brown or British artist Glenn Brown) he is known musically as the Revenue Man, and he sounds just like a double feature mix of heavyweight talents Chris Stapleton and John Hiatt morphed into one. Vocally and lyrically with a 90’s country throwback twist, his new album (released March 6th) 25 Years Behind unpacks his deepest feelings in a 9 track tell-all.

The album kicks off with “Peace Love & Understanding” a cover of Elvis Costello and The Attraction’s 1979 Armed Forces album. Brown’s take brings a 90’s country nostalgia, in a sun-soaked tropical-like holiday melody. The acoustically led “Things” finds the songwriter trying to make sense of himself and the ability to communicate to his loved one. Meanwhile, “Reasons Why” takes off with a gritty guitar with a story of a patient man leaving a self-destructive lover after numerous tries, singing: “You love her to death, you think she’s the best. But you hate it, you hate it. wait till she’s sober and tell her it’s over.”

“Tennessee Sunset,” co-written with Denny Rudolph (Ambers Drive), talks of an ex-lover’s regret in leaving good love die. The addition of the fiddle adds a beautiful touch as it does in the following tune, ‘My Own Eulogy’ a sarcastic take on one pre-arranged funeral with a twist, singing, “laugh about all the times he’s lied, comfort all the girls who’ve cried,” and most importantly, “Have a drink, this one’s on me. The album comes to a close with ‘Arlo’s Stories’ another co-writer with Tony Breslow mirroing his childhood and growing up with an abusive father. Brown’s lays his emotions bare to his listeners as this is evident in the last title track ‘25 Years Behind’

Born and rasied in Northwest California with a post-punk, pop background, and now living in Tenneesee, Brown brings all of his collected sound and talent to his Back Holler Studios recorded album 25 Years Behind. You can catch Brown on two upcoming shows in Nashville: https://www.therevenueman.net

Nashville- 03.22.2020: Kimbro 7pm.

Nashville- 03.22.2020: Carpe Diem 5pm

 

 

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