“Fault Line”, the new video from former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown, can be seen below. The track is taken from Rex‘s debut solo album, “Smoke On This”, which was released on July 28 via Entertainment One (eOne). The disc marks the first time in Brown‘s career in which he serves as both lead vocalist and guitarist in a band.
Rex worked on “Smoke On This” with his primary collaborator and old friend Lance Harvill, a Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter. “Lance was and is my main man on this,” Brown said. “Everything we did was finely tuned, both musically and brotherly.”
Drums were tracked by Christopher Williams, himself no stranger to diverse tastes, from funk music to punk. His talent has been utilized by country music star Lee Greenwood, the reconstituted BLACKFOOT and most recently, power metal legends ACCEPT. The album was produced by New Yorker-turned-Nashville-transplant Caleb Sherman, a multi-instrumentalist with work on records by LITTLE BIG TOWN and PORTER BLOCK, among others. “Caleb produced the project from a musician’s standpoint,” added Brown. “Not just a typical producer’s standpoint, which was something I definitely needed. Between Caleb and Lance, we were a force to be reckoned with. They really pulled out the best in me.” Peter Keyes, known for his work with LYNYRD SKYNYRD, can also be heard on a few tracks. All bass tracking came from Rex himself as well.
Brown‘s solo debut strips away any boundaries and preconceived notions, reveling in a newfound freedom to express all of the various shades of the man whose name is out front. The song “Fault Line” helped him find his voice. “That was the very first one I sang,” Brown said. “After I got that one, I knew that I could do it, and Lance was my biggest motivator in finding that voice. Up until that point, I just wasn’t sure.”
After leaving DOWN in 2011, Rex went on play with KILL DEVIL HILL, which has released two albums so far: “Kill Devil Hill” (2012) and “Revolution Rise” (2013).