Poor J. Brown’s sound is a whole lot of sacrifice, joy, pain, and laughter coming together in musical form. It’s rooted in the front porch soul of East Texas and Southern Louisiana, but it’s also the back porch roots music of the Texas Hill Country and the blues of New York and Chicago. Somehow all of these influences come together to create a sound that is strikingly original yet familiar.
The band formed in 2008 as “The Country Fried Pickles” and had some limited success playing around New Braunfels, TX. The singer was named Jay Brown and although he is phenomenally talented, had to quit for personal reasons. The band auditioned several singers, but after one practice with David Fenley, they knew exactly who they wanted to fill the job. The problem was that David wasn’t sure he wanted it. At that point the band had been through three drummers and it didn’t look like their line up was settled. After some coaxing Fenley auditioned again and the sound was unmistakeable. This was their singer. It was after this practice when Fenley asked what happened to the previous singer. After he found out why Jay had to quit, he shook his head and said “Poor Jay Brown.” The rest as they say is history.
Piano player, Leon Waddy writes the majority of the songs but David Fenley sings them like they were his autobiography. His voice has soul, character, and more gravel than the back roads of Texas. In fact, his talent was recently recognized in 2010 when he received a nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year by the Texas Music Association. Matt Morgan and Tim Germadnik are what front porch family music is all about. The musical offspring of their parents, who played in the same family jug band for over 25 years; they're keeping the tradition alive. Kevin Cooley provides the rhythmic foundation, and Clete Ritta adds the icing from pedal steel, to mandolin, to lead guitar. Poor J. Brown is not just Americana music. It’s American music. They call it “Hill Country Soul” but one hears blues, funk, country, soul, rap and reggae all blended in different combinations throughout their music. You’ll hear the influences, but even more than that you’ll hear what happens when great songwriting comes together with great musicianship. Poor J. Brown is all about these combinations. Great guys and great music…the end result being one hell of a great time.