Americana Highways presents this video premiere of John John Brown’s song “Where the Good Buzz Goes,” from his forthcoming sophomore album Americana Comics, due to be available on January 10. Brown says: “The album is a collection of seven storytelling songs inspired by real people that I have come across over the last few years, and each song has been drawn up as a comic book.” Americana Comics was produced and engineered by Andy Stack of Buffalo Stack Productions, and mastered by Jon Gordon.
“Where the Good Buzz Goes” is John John Brown on vocals and acoustic guitar; Andy Stack (Yola) on electric guitar, mandolin, and backup vocals; Jacob Silver (Bob Weir, The Mammals) on upright bass; Konrad Meissner (Brandi Carlile) on drums; and Jeremy Baum on B3 organ.
The video illustrations are courtesy of Sapri Andy. John John Brown was a winner of 2020’s Kerrville New Folk Award, and this illustrates why. He has a depth of understanding of the human soul, evidenced in his songs. The innovative concept of the illustrations that accompany the songs are creative and poignant, not to be missed.
I wrote “Where the Good Buzz Goes” after striking up a conversation with a Vietnam veteran on a bike trail a few years ago when I was living in Central Florida. He told me a bit of his story on a muggy summer afternoon while he was brown bagging a beer on a bench. I listened to his story, and I wished him all the best. The lyrics came first for this one. — John John Brown