Gene Brown started playing music professionally at the age of 14 on bass guitar.
He played nightclubs and social events for many years and eventually made music a full time career. He started playing pedal steel guitar at the age of 17 and that became his principle musical instrument. Gene did not start writing songs and singing professionally until around the age of 20 and moved on to Portland, Oregon to be closer to the music scene.
There he met a man by the name of Gene Breeden who owned a recording studio called Ripcord Records and was hired on as a full time studio musician. While working there he met many well-known recording artists and began showing his material he had written to as many artists as he could. Gene has had several of his songs published and recorded over the years with two of them making it to a major label, Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California. “If The World Ran Out Of Diesel” was soon to be recorded by Red Simpson of Capitol Records and was performed live on the Dean Martin Television Show in 1973. In addition, Jerry Naylor from Capitol Tower Records recorded a Gene Brown song called “High on Happiness” and released it in 1967. Gene’s pen name is Hobert E. Brown and all of his songs have been published under this name for professional reasons.
During his Career, Gene has performed lead vocals and backup pedal steel guitar, also bass guitar with quite a number of Grand Ole Opry stars. The first Grand Ole Opry star he became fortunate enough to work with was Bobby Bare (“Detroit City” and “500 Miles Away From Home”). Gene has also worked with many other Opry stars such as Dave Dudley (“Six Days On The Road”), Red Sovine (“Teddy bear”), Sheb Wooley (“That’s My Pa”), The Family Brown in Canada, Dallas Harms (a great Canadian writer), Johnny Russell and many more too numerous to mention here. Gene traveled on the road with Dave Dudley doing auditorium shows and played for two of the biggest rodeos in the world, The Pendleton Roundup and the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He also worked as a staff musician on a weekly television show in Portland, Oregon for two years with Susan Raye (from the “Buck Owens Show” and “Hee Haw”).
Gene moved to Whitehorse, Yukon in 1975 as a landed immigrant and has lived there ever since. Gene has a wife named Carol who immigrated from New Zealand and they have a daughter named Krissy. Gene also has a daughter named Shelly and a son named Tom. Gene has seven grandchildren. Shelly’s five sons are Tyrone, Andrew, Nicholas, Joseph and Michael. Tom has a daughter Augist and a son Thomas.
Gene Brown has had a wonderful career performing with other artists over the years and would now like to present to all country music lovers around Canada and the world, his first country music CD featuring 10 songs he has written and recorded. This CD was a labour of love for Gene and he recorded these songs from the heart. He feels deeply about his lyrics knowing that each song will touch someone’s heart somewhere.