In Massachusetts, a burglary has created a whodunnit that has rocked the music world. Big Red has gone missing, and a reward for its return has been increased. How did an iconic guit-steel go missing? And what is a guit-steel?
The original reward was at $2,000, but now it’s risen, in part thanks to husband and wife veterinarians in Monahans, Texas. Dr. Trey Armstrong posted on Junior Brown’s fan page about donating $1,000 to the reward fund. Big Red wasn’t the only instrument to go missing—Brown’s wife’s Martin guitar was also taken.
Saving Country Music, a site I routinely recommend country fans visit, covered the story, explaining how this all came down, and why Big Red is no ordinary instrument:
“Burglarized from a vehicle parked at a hotel in North Attleboro, Massachusetts near Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday, October 6th, the legendary instrument that combines an electric guitar with a full-sized lap steel has been the signature of Junior Brown for nearly 35 years, and is one of the most iconic instruments in country music history.”
The Facebook page for the North Attleboro Police Dept. featured an announcement on October 8 about the burglary. If you have information about the burglary, you can notify the police there by calling (508) 695-1212.
Music lovers outside the country sphere may not be familiar with the breadth of Junior Brown’s work and talents, but the music industry, regardless of genre, certainly is. Brown is a legend, and you can read more about him at his official Web site.
Here’s hoping Junior Brown gets Big Red back unblemished.
(Kay B. Day/Oct. 18, 2019)