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Gary Brown

 

Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin, Lap Steel, Steel Guitar, Dobro, Vocal Director

 

Gary Brown and Martha Brown live at The Carolina Opry

Gary, who was born in Walnut Cove, North Carolina, attributes his choice of music as a career to his parents’ love of music, particularly bluegrass. He began traveling at age fifteen with the band Boot Hill from Winston- Salem. After high school, Gary moved to Knoxville, where he attended the University of Tennessee and met his wife Martha. They married in 1980 and worked in bands together, traveling throughout the ’80s. In 1989 Gary and Martha became original members of Calvin Gilmore’s Dixie Jubilee in North Myrtle Beach. In his spare time Gary is an avid tennis player.

 

Q&A with Gary

 

What’s your favorite phone app? 

 

“THE AMAZING SLOW-DOWNER”

This app allows me to manipulate any song I download to it. It will slow down, speed up,

change key, etc. I can loop sections of the song to learn difficult passages. I use this

constantly.

 

Best book you ever read? 

 

I really like biographies and (Tennis Legend) Andre Agassi’s autobiography “OPEN” is a fascinating look at his life.

 

Last book you read?

 

My wife, Martha, suggested I read Ashley Judd’s autobiography “ALL THAT IS BITTER & SWEET”.  Another fascinating look inside a dysfunctional family and its effects on children and their journey into adulthood.

 

Favorite TV show right now?

 

Since “BREAKING BAD” ended, Martha and I have been watching the drama “PARENTHOOD” on Thursday nights.

 

What has been your favorite thing in the show, since you have been here?   

 

Wow, that’s a tough one!  One of my favorites is the current Good Vibrations pre-show: Crosby, Stills & Nash’s  “SUITE: JUDY BLUE EYES”.

 

Who are your musical influences?

 

My Dad, for getting me started, Bluegrass musicians RICKY SKAGGS and TONY RICE, and singers GEORGE JONES and JAMES TAYLOR.

 

What is your favorite meal? 

 

Pizza

 

Do you have a favorite Grand Strand restaurant?

 

3 way tie: RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE, CIAO (Italian), & MRS. FISH.

 

If you were stranded on an island what 3 items would you want to have with you?

 

 

GUITAR, MUSIC PLAYER (IPOD), & books.

 

Where in the world would you like to visit sometime, that you haven’t already been?

 

Europe

 

What is your favorite thing to do during your vacation weeks? 

 

Hanging out with family in Knoxville and spending a few days in Nashville.

 

What is your favorite pro sports team?

 

Although I am a fanatical sports fan, growing up in the piedmont of North Carolina, I never really fell in love with any pro teams. However, as the other guys at The Carolina Opry will attest, I am a diehard University of North Carolina TARHEEL basketball fan (and a University of Tennessee VOLUNTEERS football fan).

 

Do you have any pets?  

 

Martha and I have 4 MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS; Lucy, Ethel, Bob & Walter.