Maxine Brown

The pioneering Country Music star with "The Browns" – Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie

Sugar Cane County, by Maxine Brown


Billboard Magazine Review: In everyone’s lifetime there should be a “Sugar Cane County,” whether it’s deep in the delta or in some remote area of a dream. And in everyone’s life there should be Maxine Brown. Having made her mark as part of perhaps the greatest country trio ever assembled, she comes roaring back now to show her versatility as a single. And in this album versatility is an understatement.

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There are so many facets to the talent of Maxine Brown that two of the best producers in the business combine their skill, separately but equally, to make this a many-sided LP They have brought out everything from cotton-patch blues to up-tempo bounce, all the while retaining the contemporary country flavor for which Maxine has become noted since walking the once-lonely path of the single artist. The path, by the way, is no longer lonely. The fans have flocked around in genuine adulation, and there is no question in anyone’s mind now but that the sultry-voiced singer from Arkansas has arrived.

Take, for example, her treatment of the plaintive ballad I’m in the Arms of a Heartache or the outstanding voice blending of Another Souvenir. And the title song should, of course, start a run on the delta. She mixes pathos with rhythm in Dad, I Never Saw You Cry and her delivery of Take Time to Know Him has all the elements of soul. There is a hint of something very modem in both I Want to Thank You and Never Love Again, and her first great single for Chart, Under the Influence of Love, is a decided bonus.

Maxine shows her ability to deliver a novelty number too in a real teaser titled Take It Out in Trade and she goes almost mod with You’ll Come a Running. In a clever play on words Maxine mingles sophistication with patriotism in her rendition of One Man Band. My Biggest Mistake was the flip side of her title single and is an other winner.

Other superlatives could be tossed in here about Maxine. She could literally “stand on her records.” But this album says it all. If you are a Maxine Brown fan, you’ll enjoy every second of it. If you’re not a Maxine Brown fan as yet, just listen to this album and you will be.

BILL WILLIAMS
Billboard Magazine


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5 Responses to “Sugar Cane County, by Maxine Brown”
  1. Tom says:

    From MIKE MCGIBBONY. Thank you everyone for such wonderful comments. (Maxine)

    MAXINE HAS BEEN A CLOSE FRIEND OF MINE FOR PRATICALLY ALL MY LIFE AND I NEVER CEASED TO BE AMAZED AT HOW REFRESHING SHE IS WITH HER INTERVIEWS BOTH LIVE AND IN PRINT. JUST LIKE HER BOOK…ONCE YOU START READING THIS ARTICLE ABOUT HER…YOU ARE HOOKED AND CAN’T STOP.

    MAXINE IS JUST SIMPLY DELIGHTFUL AND IT JUST NOT FAIR THAT HER CAREER IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS COULD NOT HAVE GONE ON MUCH, MUCH LONGER. WITHOUT A DOUBT THE BROWNS SHOULD BE INDUCTED INTO THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME. UNTIL THAT HAPPENS THE HALL OF FAME WILL JUST NOT BE AS MEANINGFUL OR COMPLETE. THEY ARE HALL OF FAMERS.

    FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT READ HER BOOK “LOOKING BACK TO SEE” I HOPE YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE IT, BECAUSE IT IS JUST AN EXTENSION OF THIS ARTICLE BY OXFORD AMERICAN AND MUCH MORE. AND THE CD THAT WAS MADE IN 1969 IN JUST A MUST HAVE FOR COUNTRY MUSIC FANS. NOT ONLY IS SHE A GOOD SOLO ARTIST, BUT SHE IS A HECK OF A SONG WRITER.

    OF COURSE, SHE COULD BE STAND UP COMEDIEN AS WELL AS A SINGER.

    MIKE MCGIBBONY

  2. Tony S. says:

    There is one question I so much want to know the answer to. Did you know the Davis Sisters or Skeeter Davis? I’d be so interested what you know about them. They seem to be very much the same time as you. I’m listening to them now. I’ like both of your groups.

  3. Sandy Young says:

    Love your CD “Sugar Cane County”. It is indeed a “buried treasure”, so glad you found those great songs.
    Listening to your music is a part of my daily routine, never tire of hearing it.

  4. Love your Newsletter Maxine so glad You did this Newsletters Maxine.

  5. Brian Lane says:

    I am so proud of you Maxine. I also agree your book is a best seller, and is beautifully wrote.. I’ve read it about 4 times now, and everytime I read it, I find out something that I didn’t catch the time before. (of course, my memory isnt’ the best either.). I love this book..

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