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Charles Brown

Interviewed by Gary Hill

Interview with Charles Brown from 2017


It's been a couple years since we last interviewed you. What's new in the world of Charles Brown?

I have a CD out entitled "Explorer of Life" (available at CD  It features progressive riffs with guitar synth textures and melodies influenced by artists such as Ritchie Blackmore, Alex Lifeson, Pat Metheny, Steve Hackett, Marillion.

What's the best thing that's ever been said about your music?

The use of the guitar synth gives it a unique type of sound. That's ultimately what you strive for as an artist - to be original.

MSJ: What's ahead for you?

I'm involved with a classic rock/blues band in Denver called "Yarrow" that has some things coming up in the summer.  I've also gotten involved with a Who tribute band in Denver called "The Substitutes."  I might be doing some playing with them coming up.  And, I'm working on material for another of my CD projects to hopefully be out in the summer or Fall.

MSJ: What was the last CD you bought and/or what have you been listening to lately?

I recently found a CD: John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension Live at Ronnie Scott's in London - just amazing stuff!

I still usually listen to my old favorites: Deep Purple, The Who, Pat Metheny and prog stuff: Marillion, Genesis, Dream Theater, etcetera.

Have you read any good books lately?

I've been reading a book by Astronaut Scott Kelly about his experience spending a year in space on the International Space Station - pretty amazing!

What about the last concert you attended for your enjoyment?

 This past summer I got to go to Washington, DC and see Deep Purple with Alice Cooper and Edgar Winter - awesome show!

MSJ: Do you remember your first concert?
Deep Purple at the Denver Coliseum 1974!
MSJ: Have you come across any new gear recently that you love?
I just bought a Ritchie Blackmore signature Strat from a friend of mine.  It's done just like the Strat Blackmore uses and is just an awesome instrument.
MSJ: Are there any closing thoughts you would like to get out there?

If people enjoy progressive/hard rock guitar music, please check out Explorer of Life.  My other CDs are also available at CD,  They feature the same style and influences, as well.  Thanks for all your help and support!

MSJ: This interview is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2018  Volume 1 at
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