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Jay Brown
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Jay Brown

I was raised in Buies Creek, North Carolina. My earliest memories are singing along to the records of my parents, aunts, and neighbors. 
 
I began playing a neighbor's guitar one summer. A few months later my Mom opened the trunk of her car and handed me an acoustic. I couldn't put it down.
 
I was working at a small university and playing bass around Raleigh when I first saw Tift Merritt. My friend and band mate Greg Readling was playing pedal steel guitar with the Carbines, and he invited me to a gig at the Cave in Chapel Hill. I remember standing there with my mouth agape in that sweltering bar as she sang. 
 
I first crawled into the van eleven years ago as a bassist. I love my job.
 
Over the years, I've had the opportunity to play bass with some other incredible musicians as well:
 
Stillhouse: It's truly a labor of love to play with my good friends Greg Readling and Dave Wilson. Zeke and I are trying to keep this band on the Vella label for the follow-up to, "Through The Winter".
 
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion: I played bass and sang with Sarah Lee and Johnny before and during the, "Exploration" tour. Johnny let me play and sing on his second solo effort, "Ex Tempore", which we briefly toured as a three-piece band with Zeke.
 
Hotel Lights: I played bass on "Firecracker People", and toured in support of the record. I was also lucky enough to play on another Hotel Lights record, which will soon be released.
 
John Dee Holeman: I played on the John Dee record that Zeke produced for the Music Maker Relief Foundation. I have also played a handful of gigs with John Dee and other Music Maker artists.
 
I'm thankful to Phillip and all of the folks who contribute to .net!
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