It was 22 years ago that singer and songwriter Marty Brown released his debut album, High and Dry, on MCA Nashville. A fearless album from a new singer whose sound was more akin to Hank Williams than any of the era’s “hat act” superstars, High and Dry earned rave reviews and sold enough to earn him two additional releases on MCA–then one more for indie label HighTone Records in 1996.
After that, though, Brown seemed to disappear from the music scene. Fans of his honest honky-tonk style were left wondering if he’d simply given up on music.
Last week, the Kentucky native reappeared, seemingly out of nowhere, during an audition for the TV reality show America’s Got Talent. And he blew the audience–and all four judges–away.