Louisville Magazine

MAR 2012

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He can't explain the store-to-stage trans- formation. "All I can tell you is, I was born that way and I can't do it any other way," Brown says. "People will comment, for better or for worse, about how I act on a bandstand." Surely no one could take issue? He laughs. "I have had people ask me about it in ways that make me wonder." In October, during the annual Garvin Gate Blues Festival in Old Louisville, the Kentuckiana Blues Society presented Brown the annual Sylvester Weaver Award, named for a Louisville bluesman who re- corded in the 1920s. Brown was caught off guard — the award typically goes to a frontman or a hot instrumentalist. Speak- ing to the audience, he became emotional as he recalled the moment he finally ac- cepted himself as a musician. He'd been playing with the blues gui- tarist Duke Robillard, known for front- ing Roomful of Blues and for playing with Dylan in the late 1990s. Robillard was about to start a lengthy tour. Brown was busy, with a wedding in his future and the new store location. He thought he should exit the band and not keep Robillard hang- ing. Tey met at Uptown Cafe and Brown broke the news. Robillard was having none of it. Brown tried again, telling him, "Besides, I only know three notes." Robillard countered: "But they're the right three notes. I want you to keep play- ing in my band." Most musicians, Brown says, battle some measure of insecurity and talent envy. "Tat was my eureka moment as a musician," he says. "I would see many other players who are more accomplished, and I decided I'm just gonna be who I am. "When I received that award," he says about Garvin Gate, "it truly was this . . . stamp of approval that you are OK." I t's not easy running a local retail estab- lishment, iconic or not, in a big-box/ Internet world (just ask ear X-tacy's John Timmons), particularly for a cou- ple of business introverts like Brown and Aboud. Guitar Center, the Home Depot of guitars, opened a 17,500-square-foot store in St. Matthews early last year. And price- conscious shoppers know they can get 40 percent off from any number of online retailers, who typically offer free shipping and don't collect sales tax. Tat is hard on mom-and-pops' margins. Still, Brown and Aboud provide fully paid health insurance for their staff. "In the wake of John Timmons," says longtime Emporium employee Steve Cool- ey, "I'm shocked at how many people say, www.lamkinwealth.com 2nd Annual Easter Egg Bone Hunt Saturday, March 24th at 1 p.m. 3BJOEBUF 4BUVSEBZ .BSDI TU $5 donation per person All proceeds benefit the Satellite Chapter of the Indiana House Rabbit Society Find us on Facebook! "MNPTU)PNF#PBSEJOH"OE5SBJOJOH DPN t %PSTFZ -BOF -PVJTWJMMF ,: www.almosthomeboardingandtraining.com 3.12 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE [37]

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