Kirby Brown was born in East Texas and moved to rural Damascus, Arkansas at age two. His formative years were spent on a farm where his taste for music was fostered – he was exposed to gospel, bluegrass, and the classic country his grandfather would strum in the evenings. With the influence of his father, secretly a poet, he became interested in reading Whitman and Frost. This fresh form of expression became the bedrock on which Kirby’s artistic life was built.
After the death of his girlfriend and his best friend at a young age, Kirby found an outlet for his pain writing songs. He moved to Dallas, where he began his music career, writing and releasing his first album “Child of Calamity.” He has since toured all across America, headlining shows, playing alongside friends, sharing bills/ festivals with artists including Willie Nelson, The Flaming Lips, Leon Russell, and The Avett Brothers.
Kirby’s latest release “Out of Exile” was recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The theme of the record was a continuation of what he has has always strived for in his writing — growing up and adjusting to the tides of change, searching for light in dark places, regret, hope, love, and redemption in the mundane repetition of everyday life.
Kirby is putting the finishing touches on a new album, to be released in early 2018.
“[His new material] finds rootsy Brown exploring the human condition in the rawest of ways. As a writer, Brown’s voice has grown and matured. There’s a calm, ripened cadence as he dives into his storytelling… he’s honest with himself long before he’s honest with us.” – New Slang (a music blog)