Findlay Brown's backstory is a publicist's dream. He's a onetime knuckle boxer who allegedly sold his grandfather's Beatles autographs to buy his first guitar. And he wrote his debut album to win back his true love — it worked. That's some good interview fodder.
But when Brown arrived at WFUV with a full band in tow, our conversation was much more focused on his music. After he was hit by a taxi he'd just left, Brown went to live with his sister and recuperate. All of Brown's music was at his 16th-floor flat, so as he rested with a cast on his leg, he began to download classic doo-wop and early-'60s rock 'n' roll. Consequently, his new album Will Find You draws on Phil Spector's classic wall of sound.
"I was laying in the hospital thinking to myself, 'I should be quite depressed,' " Brown says. "But, actually, I was in a state of joy, because it really brought me into the moment."
Originally recorded Feb. 5, 2009.
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