As a child, Texas Johnny Brown made his way across the South with his father doing street performances; as an adult, he helped pioneer electric blues, writing hits for the likes of Bobby "Blue" Bland and recording with stars like Ruth Brown. Texas Johnny Brown - now more than 80 years old and still playing - has led a legendary life, and Houstonians will have a chance to hear about it from the man himself at The Soul of Houston: Blues Stories. Hosted by music historian Roger Wood, the event will be part storytelling and part musicological discussion. "With John, who made his first recordings under his own name in 1949, we're really looking at the role of the electric guitar in the blues," Wood says. "He was there from the beginning...he's an amazing connection to a past that to most of us seems somewhat distant." Two more Blues Stories events complete the series with Trudy Lynn on October 21 and I.J. Gosey on October 28. 7:30 p.m. The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose. For information, call 713-524-8253 or visit www.junghouston.org. Free.
Wed., Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., 2009