It has been two decades since Georgia's T. Graham Brown first gave radio a taste of his soulful sandpaper-like voice , and though radio audiences may not be hearing much of him these days, Brown has continued to record, his latest effort being The Next Right Thing. Those words aptly summarize a long and fruitful career like this artist's, both musically and personally.
Two things you can count on with the music of T. Graham Brown are quality and variety. Both of these are applicable to The Next Right Thing. Brown initiates the album with the raucous cut "Tennessee Hideaway," and leaves us reverently with "Wine Into Water," a ballad he wrote some years ago during his battle with alcohol abuse. Between the two, Brown's storytelling continues to touch, notably so on "Which Way To Pray," another tale of abuse, this one sexual and physical. A bit of Irish woodwind introduces "Tools For The Soul," and suggests Brown's willingness to experiment.
Almost as much as the music itself, it is pleasing to see that T. Graham Brown is weathering a fickle country climate through sheer perseverance. He is still soulful and is still an artist with stories left to tell and audiences to entertain.