JFS #184 The Toni Brown Interview



My guest springs from the jug band scene of Boston, MA. The Club 47 where self empowered woman like my guest and Maria Muldaur came from.

The hardscrabble Cambridge post beat scene with Peter Rowan and Jim Kweskin and Fritz Richmond were cultivating the remnants of blind blues players like the Reverand Gary Davis with fiddlers like Vassar Clements, a little wash tub bass and congas from Chano Pozo.

The same scene was percolating in NYC with Del McCoury and Dawg Grisman and David Bromberg all eating yellow sunshine while Thelonious Monk opened for Peter, Paul and Mary.

But my guest became restless because she was writing and writhing and singing and playing and partying,  She traveled to Europe and then found her way into the pseudo electric marshland of Bezerkey California. Where enlightened cats were getting educated on the streets, in coffee houses, Jazz clubs in Oakland, Thr Both/And with Cal Tjader and Armando Peraza. Hence my guest along with Terry Garthwaite put together an uptempo rock group at times with Funk rhythms at times with Sweet Soul, odd metered ballads or honky tonk toe tappers. This band was led by females. Cut from the same cloth as Joni Mitchell and Ellen McIlwayne, Joan Baez, Linda Tillery and Mavis Staples my guest sought authenticity even during the era of legal LSD opening corners of her mind that eventually led to continued performing and writing for Relix Magazine.



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