98568-Jay_Brown_One-Man-BandJay Brown is a roots-orientated, one-man band from Black Mountain, North Carolina, who has been playing guitar since the age of 7 and writing songs since high school. A prolific songwriter, Jay’s performance repertoire contains more than 100 original songs, as well as hundreds of covers from a wide spectrum of genres.

His eclectic musical tastes found expression in 1997, when he became a founding member of Lazybirds, a band that blends a wide variety of musical styles, including jazz and blues, country and rock ‘n roll, to create a fresh and soul-stirring sound. Lazybirds have been a mainstay of the North Carolina roots music scene for nearly 20 years.

Jay also formed the Indian folk fusion band Shantavaani with his wife Aditi, which put out 2 classic albums during its 2 year period. Jay often performs with Aditi in listening rooms in and around Asheville and Black Mtn, blending Aditi’s Indian folk influences with his own American folk and original music.

Jay has spent years traveling and playing around the U.S.,absorbing our rich musical heritage and performing with artists such as Doc Watson, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Etta Baker. In addition to these experiences, Jay has also taken multiple trips to Ghana, West Africa, where he studied and performed traditional African music with the native Ghanaians.

A versatile musician, Jay is as much at home playing the blues in New Orleans as he is playing jazz or classical in New York City, but you can usually find him performing in the pubs and listening rooms around the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina.

SOURCE: Official Bio