Blues and Soul meet Rock and Roll
Mike “Junior” Clark – Brady “Mojine Boy” Mosher – Brian “Hash Brown” Calway
When Mike “Junior” Clark called Brady Mosher in March of 2014 about putting together something special and “a little different” for The Dallas International Guitar Festival and its return to Fair Park in May of 2014, it didn’t take long before the idea of having Brian “Hash Brown” Calway join them came up. Mike Medina and Rich Stanmyre were asked to play drums and bass respectively and at the first (and only) rehearsal the chemistry was electrifying. These three Texas Tornados together each put their own spin on the Blues, Soul and Rock and Roll that they’ve cut their teeth on over a lifetime of stages and stories.
Mike “Junior” Clark is a 28 year veteran of the music industry. In those 28 years he has worked as a touring musician winning awards and garnering fans both as a guitar player and a singer. He was voted a “Texas tornado” by Buddy Magazine in 1983, joining a list that includes Stevie Ray Vaughn, Billy Gibbons, Albert Collins, Doyle Bramhall II and Johnny “Guitar” Watson. He has shared the stage with Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Bugs Henderson, Johnny Winter, Willie Nelson, Freddy King, among others.
Brian “Hash Brown” Calway has been playing the Blues since 1973. He plays guitar, harmonica, and sings. He moved to Dallas, Texas in 1983, and cut his eye teeth playing with an assortment of Dallas Blues royalty including ZuZu Bollin, Henry Qualls, Sam Myers, Big Al Dupree, Robert Ealey, Willie Willis, Ray Sharpe, U.P. Wilson, Little Joe Blue, Ernie Johnson, and many, many more.
He has 3 CDs under his own name, a number of compilations and also appears as a side man on no less than 30 recordings; including ZuZu Bollin, Henry Qualls, Barbara Lynn, Robert Ealey, Hosea Hargrove, and many, many others. He continues to make Dallas, Texas his home and plays continually around the metroplex, and a short tour every now and then.
Hash Brown is the widely known as the King of the Dallas blues jams, after 9+ years of hosting Schooner’s Sunday night jam and 13 1/2 years of hosting a Tuesday jam at The Bone. Hash is the heart and soul of the Dallas blues scene and has mentored literally hundreds of aspiring blues performers. A former housemate of blues giant Sam Myers, Hash has released one album on the European Parsefil label and a self produced CD titled Rollin’ Blues. His versatility is amazing and has enabled him to work and record with such diverse artists as Zuzu Bollin, Big Al Dupree, Henry Qualls, Sam Myers, Bobby Rush, and Barrelhouse Chuck. Hash is currently fronting a mean three piece, The Hash Brown Band, and his guitar work is sounding better than ever. Hash’s Parsefil CD was reissued on Cannonball Records as Hash Brown’s Texas Blues Revue in 1999 and received good airplay nationwide, charting on the Living Blues poll for several months. Hash has a second band, The Browntones, where he plays harp and features a traditional Chicago sound. The first Browntones CD was released in Summer 2002 and also charted on the Living Blues radio poll. That release led to the formation of Browntone Records which Hash has used to help other local blues artists, such as Mitch Palmer and Chris Ruest to get their music out on CD. Hash is also a popular guitar and harmonica teacher and plays a mean solo acoustic gig, now and then.