Boobie Browne and the Onions | Birth of the Chickenpick

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Birth of the Chickenpick

by Boobie Browne and the Onions

Bluesy, funky finger-pluckin' guitar with a bit of rockabilly, surf, fingerstyle jazz, arena rock, country two-step and whatever else is around.
Genre: Blues: Guitar Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Two Eggs Any Style
3:30 $0.99
2. Tele Savalas
4:28 $0.99
3. Sweetpea
3:44 $0.99
4. Toe Jam
4:00 $0.99
5. Captain Beano
3:49 $0.99
6. Precious
2:56 $0.99
7. Liquid Lunch
3:51 $0.99
8. Pink Chicken
5:31 $0.99
9. East Village Afternoon
2:05 $0.99
10. Patrick Takes Out Life Insurance
4:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
Maple Blues Award nominee Boobie Browne is not your typical instrumental guitarist. You will not hear his music over the loud-speaker at Wal-Mart, nor does he wank incessantly just because he can. Well, very rarely, anyway. Rather, he borrows from many genres and throws in a healthy dose of humor along the way, with his distinct finger-plucking sound as the unifying factor.

There's a little funk, some rockabilly, surf, blues, fingerstyle jazz, country two-step, 70's arena rock, and whatever else catches his fancy. Influences include Albert Collins, Danny Gatton, Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck and Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown. These elements come together on 2002's 'Birth of the Chickenpick', his ten-song debut CD that is gathering great reviews and getting radio play around the world (20 countries at last count). You can hear it on a country show in Australia, a blues show in Spain, or a rock show in Germany. It has also been accepted for full servicing country-wide on the CBC, Canada's national radio broadcaster.

Boobie was picked as a top-five finalist in the 2003 North American Rock Guitar Competition, part of the Buffalo Niagara Guitar Festival held annually in Buffalo, New York. He placed 4th in a field of great players who were chosen by panels comprised of music educators, musicians and industry representatives, winning some great gear, a nice trophy, and the chance to talk shop with Sid McGinnis from Late Night with David Letterman. The competition was taped by WNED-TV for broadcast on PBS stations in the Spring of 2004.

Boobie was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada to an extremely supportive family who always dug deep to lend him the money to buy his instruments (and yes, sometimes his supper). He learned how to play on stage with whoever would have him, and eventually became a part of the local hot blues scene.

Dividing his time between the two lovely cities of Montréal and St. John's, he's picked up French and Spanish, as well as the mandolin, and hasn't had a cigarette in a loooooooong time.


I've just listened to your CD and it totally snapped my brain!!
-Eric Black, Blue Country News, 101FM- Logan City, Queensland, Australia

(Boobie Browne & the Onions) turn in a program of ten picking delights...that aren't especially indebted to anyone else's instrumentals that I can think of.
-John Valenteyn, Maple Blues Magazine, Feb. '03, Toronto Blues Society

Wonderfully entertaining guitar instrumentals...making his guitar sound very much indeed like a chicken at times. Totally cool stuff.
-LMNOP, on, Decatur, GA

Many are not yet familiar with his name but they need to become aware that something new and completely different is on the scene.
-Tim Holek,



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Diane Wells

An instrumental Rorschach inkblot test incorporating elements of reggae, funk, r

For a completely instrumental album, there is a lot of sweet-talking (but not squawking) going on here.

Utilizing only a collection of various guitars, an unobtrusive bass (played by Keith Power) and a snappy drumkit (played by Scott MacCulloch), Boobie Browne and his Onions offer the listener a musical Rorschach inkblot test incorporating elements of reggae, funk, rumba, rock’n’roll and blues.

My imagination was allowed to roam free in fantasizing visualizations to correspond with each track, no doubt completely different from the composer’s and anyone else who listens to it. Because there are no sad songs here, only pleasant images come to mind, and that’s what makes this CD so much fun.

A groovy little funkster called “Two Eggs Any Style” gets your head bobbing and feet tapping right off the bat. Then there is the skating glide and strut of “Tele Savalas” followed by the happy-go-lucky hop-skip-and-jump of “Sweetpea”, nailing the image of Popeye and Olive Oyl engaged in a lively waltz. It’s a brilliant guitar composition that displays Mr. Browne’s virtuosity on this instrument.

“Toe Jam” just sort of went around in circles, so I wasn’t too keen on that one, but “Captain Beano” had more twists and turns than your average Mario video game in its quirky rhythms and blending of ’50s rock and roll and ’60s surf guitar. The boy knows how to command a note to stretch or shrink.

“Precious” offered serenity in its laid-back Tex-Mex feel. For some reason, it reminded me of “Maelstrom”, performed by Les Dudek on Steve Miller’s “Living in the 20th Century” album.

“Pink Chicken” is a crazy little anthem that blends straight-ahead rock’n’roll with funk attitude. I could just imagine go-go dancers weirding out on this one! Pure party music!

“East Village Afternoon” shows some gypsy jazz influence and it’s followed by a mid-tempo funk-blues number called “Patrick Takes Out Life Insurance”.

Overall, the CD is very pleasant and its happy, upbeat tempos are enjoyably busy without being cluttered. Throw away your seratonin supplements and pick up a copy of Birth of the Chickenpick – it’s an instant upper without the harmful side effects.