Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown has signed a worldwide deal with Entertainment One (eOne) with plans to release a debut solo LP later this year.
“I’ve been working on these songs for a long time,” Brown said.
The yet-to-be-titled full-length album will be the first time in Brown’s career in which he will serve as both lead vocalist and guitarist in a band.
“I am thrilled to have such an influential artist like Rex join the growing Entertainment One rock family,” said Scott Givens, SVP Entertainment One. “He’s influenced not just our other artists, but myself as well. It’s an honor for all of us to work with him.”
Brown wields a six-string guitar as confidently as he wore the bass in Pantera and Down. His voice crackles with easygoing spirit and truth-telling power. It’s a crunchy drawl that’s somewhere between the achingly resonant spiritual shamanism of Tom Waits and the instantly recognizable everyman AM radio vibes of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
After a season away to gather his wits about him, rediscover his own roots and assemble a group of players ready to help him execute his vision for the days ahead, Brown has re-emerged with a semi-truck’s worth of rock ‘n’ roll tunes.
Brown tracked lead vocals, rhythm guitars and bass, working with his primary collaborator and old friend, Lance Harvill, a Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter.
“Lance was and is, my main man on this. Everything we did was finely tuned, both musically and brotherly,” Brown said.
Drums were tracked by Christopher Williams, whose talents have been usied by country music star Lee Greenwood, the reconstituted Blackfoot and, most recently, power metal legends Accept.
The album was produced by New Yorker turned Nashville transplant Caleb Sherman, a multi-instrumentalist with work on records by Little Big Town and Porter Block, among others.
“Caleb produced the project from a musician’s standpoint,” Brown said. “Not just a typical producer’s standpoint, which was something I definitely needed. Between Caleb and Lance, we were a force to be reckoned with. They really pulled out the best in me.”
Peter Keyes, known for his work with Lynyrd Skynyrd also can be heard on a few tracks.
Who is Rex Brown? To the industry, fellow musicians and a legion of fans around the world, he’s the bassist for Pantera, one of the biggest hard rock and metal acts of the past few decades. They had number one albums with minimal support from traditional commercial outlets and went platinum several times over. Pantera rode a groundswell of underground loyalty, earned through several years of blood, sweat and road beers. Five major label albums, countless international tours and a series of carnage-filled home videos cemented a legacy as large as their massive riffs and the band’s insatiable appetites for mayhem, authenticity and brotherhood.
“My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up,’” Brown said. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullshit. This is just something else I’m doing for fun, man. And musical freedom. Fun has to come into it, or I’m not going to do it. I’ve had a tremendous career, and now I feel like I’m 25 years old again. This has given me that freedom I needed.”
“I’ve got so much more in me,” he said. “I’m just getting my feet wet.”