[Dixielandjazz] Derwood Brown

Fred Hoeptner fredhep at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 28 10:49:02 PST 2006

You would be interested in the book by Cary Ginell, "Milton Brown and the 
Founding of Western Swing," University of Illinois Press, 1994 (although as 
you point out, the music was not called "western swing" until the 1940s). 
The book gives a very detailed history of both the band and the musical 

Incidentally, Milton Brown was not the fiddler.  Milton played no 
instrument, but was the band manager, salesman, and vocalist.  Cecil Brower 
was the fiddler on most of the Brownies' recordings.  According to Ginell, 
Derwood preferred spelling his first name with an "e."

Audio engineer Michael Keefer did all the transfers from original 78 RPM 
recordings (including many of mine) and the sound quality is amazing, far 
better than that of the LPs or even the original 78s.

Best wishes,
Fred Hoeptner

> Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2006 10:45:14 +0100
> From: "Hans en Corrie Koert" <koerthchkz at zeelandnet.nl>
> Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Durwood Brown
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> I played myself the great LP Milton Brown & The Brownies - Easy Ridin' 
> Papa
> (Charly CR 30264)
> In 1933 Milton Brown left the Dough Boys and founded his Musical Brownies.
> One of the musicians was his brother Durwood who played the guitar. When I
> listen to the LP of Milton Brown's Brownies Bob Dunn's amplified slide
> guitar takes a lot of attention and I find it difficult to hear Durwood's
> guitar playing, that seems to have been pretty good.
> Can someone inform if there are other recordings of Durwood Brown so I can
> make myself an idea of his guitar playing?
> Find an image of Durwood Brown at my web log:
> http://keepswinging.blogspot.com/2006/11/western-swing.html
> Keep swinging
> Hans Koert
> http://www.keepswinging.opweb.nl

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