Peach State native — and fellow University of Georgia alum — T. Graham Brown rose to country music stardom in the 1980s with his ear-pleasing mix of country, R&B and rock. Alcoholism derailed Brown’s career when it was at its peak and he spent the bulk of the 1990s drying out.
His 1998 comeback album “Wine Into Water” was a revelation but Brown was never able to recapture that earlier success. It’s been almost a decade since we last heard from the 60-year-old musician (2006’s forgettable “The Present”), but Brown is enjoying a late-career renaissance as a gospel artist.
Newest album “Forever Changed” earned Brown a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album and finds him making some of his best music in decades. Joining Brown on the 13-track release are pals Vince Gill, Leon Russell, The Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Cropper and Jimmy Fortune.
“It’s a neat record,” Brown says of “Forever Changed.” “I think it’s probably the best one I’ve ever made, and I’ve got a lot of friends singing on it. I picked out a batch of songs I liked, and it turned out exactly like I wanted it to. Then it gets nominated for a Grammy, and I’ve never been nominated for one before, so I’m loving every minute of it.”
Brown and Gill soar highest on opener “He’ll Take Care of You,” and additional standouts include the title track, “Shadow of Doubt,” “People Get Ready,” “How Do You Know” and “Wine Into Water.” I’m glad to see Brown back in the game. (Jeffrey Sisk)