Country music to be played at Railroad Festival

Clifton Brown and the Rusty Bucket Band will perform Saturday, April 13 during the 2019 Railroad Days Festival. Pictured, from left, are: Clifton Brown, lead vocals/acoustic guitar; Greg Manchester, lead guitar/vocals; Brenda Harrell, vocals; Danny Harrell, steel guitar; Paul Golmon, drums; Chris Smith, bass.

Clifton Brown and the Rusty Bucket Band will be performing at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 13, during the 2019 Louisiana Railroad Days Festival.

The band is made up of Clifton Brown (lead vocalist/acoustic guitarist), Chris Smith (bassist), Greg Manchester (lead guitarist/vocalist), Danny Harrell (pedal steel guitarist), Paul Golmon (drummer) and Brenda Harrell (female vocalist).

Brown grew up in Denham Springs, playing the guitar and singing to Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks, and many other country artists. He began playing professionally at the age of 20. In 1999, he opened The Rusty Bucket, where the band took on the restaurant’s name and played live music. They kept the name even after Brown sold the restaurant.

They have opened in Nashville for Mickey Gilley, Ronnie Milsap, John Conlee, and others. The band plays throughout southwest Louisiana and Brown describes the band this way: “We are a six-piece traditional country band that performs country’s classic cover tunes, plus our own original tunes. We stand out from the rest with our warm traditional sounds, a rich three-part harmony and a pedal steel guitarist.”

Brown released Clifton Brown Country: Live It… Love It… Breathe It… just as the Baton Rouge area was flooded in 2016. His house, equipment, and many of the cds were lost in the flood.

Come enjoy some good old-fashioned country music at the Railroad Festival!