Prepare to make some noise for Brownís solo album
By Debra Downey, Senior Editor
Musician Rob Brown is hoping his audience will make a ruckus for The Ruddy Ruckus debut solo album.Brown, 19, is set to release his first CD, Life and Death, Love and Loss, at a launch party at The Baltimore House on Wednesday, April 23.
He describes his music as a unique blend of folksy, East Coast music with a punk rock influence. But even more amazing than the music, said Brown, is that he wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered the album pretty much entirely on his own.
“It (the album) is definitely something different that you don’t really hear too often, but what I am most proud of is that I did it all myself,” said Brown.
About a year ago, the McMaster University student started writing lyrics about his life experiences and strumming his guitar in the comfort of his own home. He then rented recording equipment to add banjos, drums and shakers to the music. About six months of tweaking followed, friend Clayton Vrenjak helped produce the artwork and Brown paid for the album’s pressing.
Life and Death Love and Loss is now ready for what Brown hopes are very appreciative audiences.
“I hope to take my music anywhere that it could go,” said Brown. “Hamilton, Toronto, across the province, the country around the world...as far as it can go.”
The Dundas resident began playing guitar and singing on stage at age 12. A few years later, the Highland Secondary School graduate and three friends started the band Koetta Black. The foursome earned top honours as Metroland’s Best Of The West at the 2011 Burlington Sound of Music Festival, but have since disbanded. Brown has continued to pursue his musical aspirations and has established his solo career as The Ruddy Ruckus. He will showcase his entire album back to back during the upcoming CD release show, April 23 at 10:30 p.m., 43 King William St., Hamilton. CDs will be available for purchase for $10. Admission is free.