Rex Brown debuts new single, debut solo album due July 28

Posted: April 21, 2017 by Greg Maki in News
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Rex Brown

Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown (Pantera, Down, Kill Devil Hill) has debuted a new single titled “Crossing Lines” and will release his debut solo album, Smoke on This … on July 28 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

“My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up,'” Brown said about the new LP. “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.” 

“Crossing Lines” is also available on all streaming platforms and as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP today will get the track as a download instantly. The artwork and track listing are available below, along with digital and physical preorders options.

“We’re not going to necessarily cater to metal fans, but the guys who grew up with Pantera, a lot of them love all the same stuff that I grew up on, too,” Brown said. “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 thirty years old again. This has given me that freedom I needed.”

“I’ve got so much more in me,” Brown said. “I’m just getting my feet wet.”

Brown’s solo debut strips away any boundaries and preconceived notions, reveling in a newfound freedom to express all the various shades of the man whose name is out front. The song “Fault Line” helped him find his voice.

“That was the very first one I sang,” he said.” After I got that one, I knew that I could do it, and Lance was my biggest motivator in finding that voice. Up until that point I just wasn’t sure.”

From there, there’s the straightforward “Lone Rider,” the monstrous In Through the Out Door vibe of “Crossing Lines,” the Pink Floyd reverence of “Best of Me.” “Get Yourself Alive” is something of an ode to “Strawberry Fields Forever,” but with a swift kick of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s rich in nuance, with Indian tandoori and layers of vocals. The catchy “Grace” is “something you would never expect to hear off a Rex Brown record and that’s exactly why I did it. It’s just a really great song, period. Bottom line,” Brown said.

Lyrically, the songs are both personal and universally relatable. “Buried Alive” is a moving, confessional song about the loss of Dimebag Darrell.

“I drowned myself in cases of whiskey after he died,” Brown said. “I was drowning in that black water and I had to find me, ya know? It’s one of those songs that really kind of just came out. ‘You’re on your own now, Jack. What’re you gonna do?’ The whole record is really cathartic.” Conversely, “What Comes Around Goes Around” could be about “your mailman, your neighbor, or your wife. It’s saying, ‘you made your bed, lay in it. I’m clean on my side of the street, how’s your’s going.”

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, himself no stranger to diverse tastes, from funk music to punk. His talent has been used 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.

Smoke on This … track listing:

1. “Lone Rider”
2. “Crossing Lines”
3. “Buried Alive”
4. “Train Song”
5. “Get Yourself Alright”
6. “Fault Line”
7. “What Comes Around …”
8. “Grace”
9. “So into You”
10. “Best of Me”
11. “One of these Days”

Pre-order physically here.

Pre-order digitally here.

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