Brian’s father had a great love of early American Country music and passed it on to his son who became proficient in the songs of Jimmie Rodgers and also the Carter Family. He got his first guitar at the age of 11, he was already a performer on the harmonica and an old melodeon. His first paid gig was a local concert for the Queen’s Coronation in 1953. At this time he was also learning the violin and during his National Service he played many concerts for his fellow troops. His first recording was as fiddle player for Paul Jones on Paul’s first solo album after leaving Manfred Man.
By 1967 he had joined Pete Stanley doing a regular tv show from The Maltings and by 1969 they were touring Europe, including a summer residency in Rome.
In 1970 Brian went solo and made his first trip to the USA. He met and played with Ernest Tubb in his shop and on many of the famous Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree radio shows.
He toured the UK with Patsy Montana, also with Mac Wiseman. He won the Billboard/Mirror Male Vocalist award and also CMA (GB) Male Vocalist. In 1975 he formed the short-lived but successful Cajun Moon with Allan Taylor and he toured extensively again with Pete Stanley from 1977 while also continuing to play solo gigs and festivals, from the Albert Hall to local pubs.
A long time writer for Country Music People magazine, he has appeared on television, radio and has even had some film roles.
In 2003 he teamed up with Dave Barnes to form the British Archive Of Country Music and he spends his days cleaning and re-recording the history of Country music.
He has recorded nine albums in his own right as well as having had many session accolades.
We welcome one of the greats into the Hall as the 48th member.