by craig eddy
I have to say when interviewing Bundy Browne he was not very forthcoming with the "dirt" I told him I was looking for. However, I will do the best I can with the normal stuff. Bundy grew up in Portola Valley so he is a local boy. He moved fulltime to La Honda five years ago. At eleven years old Bundy's Grandmother who played guitar in a mandolin orchestra gave him his first guitar lessons. The band he liked the most at the time was the Monkees. He even says he's not embarrassed to say that. From there he was influenced by Arlo Guthrie, Beatles, and The Allman Brothers. However in High school it was the Grateful Dead that showed him how someone could play multiple styles. Listening to the Dead he picked up on Blues, Country, Jazz, and Bluegrass. A couple of Bundy's first bands were Wild Mountain Jam and The Mackey Brothers. Bundy got his authentic blues education by playing with the Deacon Jones band for a year. Deacon Jones was the keyboard player for John Lee Hooker. Now I understand why Bundy has the authentic blues sound. Bundy plays close to home these days since the club scene has been depressed for awhile now. He can be seen regularly at all the local venues. It looks like there will be a Bundy Browne CD out sometime soon. He has been recording with the members of one of his old bands, Old Browne Shoe. He calls it the 30 year overdue album. There should be a second CD out shortly thereafter with his current band. You can find Bundy's music on Reverb Nation or catch him live on December 10th at AppleJack's or at Cafe Cuesta on December 17th. Bundy is an accomplished guitarist and mandolin player. His vocals are smooth as silk. You could see shows like his around the bay area and spend lot's of money but why? Catch Bundy right here locally for free.