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Small-town roots lead to country music goal
Lincolntonís Saddle Brown mixes sound, aspirations
Published Wednesday, September 9, 2015 12:43 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

Lincolnton native Saddle Brown moved to Nashville, Tenn., to learn the nuances of country music, then hit the road to spread his own sound.




















Success can stem from anywhere.  

From small town Lincolnton to the motherland of country music in Nashville, Saddle Brown found himself in the midst of a love affair before he knew it commenced.
“I’ve always done country music,” explained Brown, whose real name in Brian Keith Blake. “I never got into it. I’ve always been into it. I’m from Lincoln County. I used to listen to country when I was a kid, and you’re a part of your surroundings.”  

Growing up under of his church choir directing mother, Brown began singing at five and writing at 11 years old. When he realized that he wanted to turn his passion into his career, Brown made his way to Nashville.

“It was a really good transition,” said Brown of going from performing in North Carolina to making his way in Nashville. An older veteran of the business advised him to “Get your feet dirty,” Brown recalled. “Get your hands dirty. Find your sound. Get in the midst of things. Perform live in front of a Nashville crowd, and put in the work that it takes to just get into that area.”

While his work takes him all over the map, Brown’s experience in Nashville served to further shape his sound.  

“I think you should go to Nashville, not to try to be successful—you want to be successful—but my point is, you want to go there to mesh with the other artists, network…but it’s not necessary to live in Nashville after you get all of the ground work done,” Brown said. “It’s the Super Bowl of country music. I started receiving more notoriety whenever I left Nashville with all of the things that I have brought from Nashville. I brought the knowledge with me, and then I was able to utilize it better down here. When you get away from Nashville, your value goes up for some reason versus when you’re in Nashville.”  

Although Brown has recorded in studios throughout the world, nothing compares to recording in Nashville.  

“You have to have a sound. Nashville just has a certain—I don’t know what it is, but you can’t find it anywhere else in the world,” said Brown.

“I’ve recorded all over the world, in different studios and tried to fabricate the Nashville sound…when you play it, there’s always something missing, but when you go into a Nashville studio that has been established for a while, you leave with a Nashville sound, and people know it’s a professional Nashville recording, if that makes any sense.”  

Brown has made his mark. He’s participated in numerous competitions, live performances, been featured in films and earned the 2013 Queen City Awards Male Country Artist of the Year.  

“The key word is balance,” said Brown. “It’s being organized. I’m working on being organized better. You learn how to make things easier once you’ve been through it so much. I’ve kind of got it down to a science now I’ve been doing it so much. I’ve got my family. I’ve got my music. My music supports my family, so my family has to understand that my music is a priority just as much as them, and that always makes things better.”

Prior to embarking on a worldwide radio tour, Brown has a performance in Charlotte on September 19 at the Riverview Raw Bar and Chill. Accompanied by D.J. Krom of Kiss 95.1, the show benefits Guardians of the Children, which helps abused children.  

“We do a lot of stuff together,” Brown said. “We’re doing it for the GOC.”  

On the Net:


Heyyyy Saddle Brown this your old friend lynn wall we have known each other since 1996 and we got to become really great friends,when I met you I always kept it 100 with you never,sugar coat anything and you was the same way that's why we got along so well lol.... I must say you always talked about your dreams and I always say you can be whatever you set your mind to,NOW LOOK AT YOU NOW!!! Know that I am happy for you and proud of your success keep reaching for the stars Saddle Brown
Love ya Lynn Wall
Posted on September 11, 2015

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