One of the last of the great Mississippi guitar players, Mel
Brown has remained rooted in the tradition. Son of the
Jackson, Miss. Blues singer and guitarist, John Henry
“Bubba” Brown, Mel started on the guitar at age 14, and
by 19 he headed for Los Angeles to make it as a session
man. His guitar playing appeared on a string of albums
for the ABC-Bluesway, and Impulse! labels in the ‘60s
During the 1980's Mel was a member of the house band
at Antone's night club, in Austin, Texas, and toured with
The Silent Partners. The Silent partners recorded one
album, which is available from Antones Records.
Mel Brown and the Homewreckers released their first
album, “Live at Wally's” in the fall of 1998 which was
recently re-released on the Electro-Fi label in 2002.
In 2001, Mel Brown and the Homewreckers released
"Neck Bones & Caviar" which was awarded the W.C.
Handy Award for the "Best Comeback Album of the
Year" and was also nominated for a Juno award for "Best
Blues Album of the Year" in Canada.
In addition to the work with the Homewreckers, Mel
Brown has released a number of albums with Snooky
Pryor including "Double Shot," "Snooky Pryor and the
Mississippi Wrecking Crew," and most recently, the
Snooky Pryor Live album, "Mojo Ramble" featuring Mel
Brown and the Homewreckers.
In January of 2004, Mel Brown was awarded the Maple
Blues "Blues with a Feeling" (Toronto Blues Society
Lifetime Acheivement) Award.
Mel Brown released another solo album ”Homewreckin’
Done Live,” and in 2006 he released “Blues - A
Beautiful Thing.” A DVD “Mel Brown The Blues, ”
generated a lot of buzz, as well as an album with vocalist