Former Pantera bassist slated to release solo debut in 2017
By David Sands
March 2, 2017
Former Pantera bass player Rex Brown has just signed a record contract that will see him releasing his first solo album later this year.
Back in December, we reported Brown was busy at work on a solo effort, which is getting its inspiration from 1970’s era sounds like Led Zeppelin, Foghat and even some of Tom Wait’s earlier material. Well, now we can tell you that he’s signed a deal with Entertainment One (eOne) for the still-to-be-named album, and the label couldn’t be happier.
“I am thrilled to have such an influential artist like Rex join the growing Entertainment One rock family,” says eONe SVP Scott Givens. “He’s influenced not just our other artists, but myself as well. It’s an honor for all of us to work with him.”
Brown will be filling the role of both lead vocalist and guitarist on his solo debut, as well as handling the bass parts. He’s been assisted by guitarist and songwriter Lance Haverhill, who’s been collaborating with him on the project since its earliest days.
Also on board are drummer Christopher Williams (Lee Greenwood, Blackfoot) multi-instrumentalist Caleb Sherman, who’s serving as the album’s producer, and keyboardist Peter Keyes (P-Funk, Lynyrd Skynyrd), who will be appearing on several tracks.
“My motto these days is ‘Shake some s**t up,'” says Brown. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullshit. This is just something else I’m doing for fun, man. And musical freedom. Fun has to come into it or I’m not going to do it. I’ve had a tremendous career and now I feel like I’m twenty-five years old again. This has given me that freedom I needed.”
“I’ve got so much more in me,” he adds. “I’m just getting my feet wet.”
In addition to his work with Pantera, Brown has also played with Down and is currently a member of Kill Devil Hill.
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