Severin Browne

A former Motown artist and the younger brother of Jackson Browne is coming to Prescott for two nights. The Folk Sessions presents Severin Browne under the stars at the Highlands Center Outdoor Amphitheater, 1375 S. Walker Road, at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 8-9.

After leaving Motown, Browne spent his time writing and performing in the Los Angeles area, where his songs were recorded by Thelma Houston, Patti Dahlstrom, Colin Blunstone, Twiggy, The Dillards and Pamela Stanley, who had a Billboard No. 15 hit with his “I Don’t Want to Talk About It.”

A noted performer, Browne has shared stages with Kenny Rankin, The Kingston Trio, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, John Hartford, Country Joe and the Fish, and many more.

Browne explained that these days he prefers to play smaller venues.

“I really love playing to smaller audiences, and this one is actually probably on the larger side of what I’ve been doing recently,” Browne said. “I’ve been doing my first Friday show for a long time. It started out at a club in North Hollywood, called Kulak’s Woodshed, and I was there for almost 20 years before the pandemic closed it down and then I moved online. Then about a year ago, I started doing it at my house. I wanted to have an audience again. The easiest way was just to do my own show and, you know, have a nice party once a month.”

The intimate setting of a small venue provides more feedback when he is performing.

“You can actually hear people speaking, you know, and you can hear people when they say something to you,” Browne said. “In a larger place, well, larger than my living room anyway, like the Highlands Center, I’m assuming I’ll be able to hear a little something.”

As the younger brother of a widely recognizable artist in the music industry, there are often expectations that come with the family name.

“I once made this trip with, I had a trio at the time, and I drove from L.A. up to Seattle to do a few gigs up there and when we got there, it was crazy, the billboard had ‘Jackson Browne’s brother’ in really big lettering and Severin in small lettering,” Browne said. “That’s what I guess brings people in. So, you know, as a venue owner, they have to do what they have to do to get people in. It used to be more of a problem than it is now. I mean, now I just don’t care. I don’t care what people say anymore. You know, it doesn’t really bother me because this has nothing to do with me. It has to do with them.”

Opening the shows will be Tom and Christa Agostino.

Tickets are $30 and are available at

The Folk Sessions is an eclectic music company that has been broadcasting throughout Central and Northern Arizona for 20 years on the KJAZZ Radio Network, producing quality radio programs and live concerts.

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