Brian brings unequalled energy to the stage. His guitar rocks you from the first note. Close your eyes and from the tone, you'd think the vocals are coming from an 80 year old iconic bluesman.”

— Doug Spike - Blue Monday Monthly

Short Bio

Brian Naughton, a recording artist, singer, songwriter and guitarist born in St. Paul, Minnesota, possesses a signature sound driven by an energetic mix of Blues, Rock, Funk and Soul, originating far from the Twin Cities. Although based in Minnesota, his wails, croons and soulful emotion derive in and around the heart of the Deep South. At seven-years old, Brian, a third-generation musician, picked up his first guitar and discovered the love of all three Kings, Albert, Freddie and B.B. in quick order. He deftly adapted more tricks of the trade through the study of artists such as Lonnie Knight, Tim Waters and Gus Dewey, while layering on the heavy influences of T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, and Robert Johnson. Over the years, Brian has continued to push the limits of genre and soul, and has yet to put that guitar down. His style, the evolution of his own brand of expression and his riffs, entwined with raw inflection, interpret and resuscitate the bold flavors of Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Johnny Winter among other greats. 

 

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Boundary Waters Blues Fest

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Boundary Waters Blues Fest

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Surf Ballroom

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Surf Ballroom

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Bismarck Blues & Brews Festival

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Bismarck Blues & Brews Festival

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