Immaculate. Tasteful. Classy as a bespoke suit with matching tie and handkerchief, and smooth as iced and aged Cuban rum. That’s Texas Johnny Brown, a true hero of blues, vintage R&B and a pioneering early rock and roller. Brown’s career spans the decades down from Spotify to 78s — that’s him on guitar with Amos Milburn’s Chickenshackers way back in 1946, and that’s him behind Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ruth Brown on many of her seminal Atlantic sessions. Despite that “Texas Johnny” handle, Brown is actually a Mississippi native, and his Choctaw County hometown of Ackerman recently claimed him forever as a native son, placing a plaque there on the Mississippi blues trail.
Fri., Sept. 21, 8 p.m., 2012