Trey Anastasio’s Longtime Guitar Tech, Brian Brown, Stepping Down After 21 Years

first_imgFollowing a Phish New Year’s run that is in the talks of one of the best gags ever, big news in the Phish world dropped today, as Brian Brown will be stepping down as the guitar tech for Trey Anastasio after twenty-one rockstar years of insurmountable service. Treysguitarrig.com first leaked the news earlier today, and clearly had some time to catch-up with Brian following Phish’s four-night run at Madison Square Garden last week.Treys Guitar Rig reports: “Brown, 65, has worked as a tech in the industry for 40 years. He explained that the physical toll of the profession has contributed to his decision to retire, including the ‘heavy lifting, truck loading, [and] 14 hour workdays.’ Combining his 10 years as a musician to 40 as a tech, Brown says, “I’ve been setting up concert gigs for 50 years… since I was 15 years old, adding ‘Mother Nature is telling me to slow down.’”Brown will be replaced by storied Canadian-born guitar tech Michael Kaye, who has worked with, among others, Paul Simon, Pete Townsend, Stephen Stills, Brian Wilson, Patti Scialfa, Jon Bon Jovi, and Warren Zevon.  Brown described Kaye as “a great guy, very experienced, and super smart.” He adds, “I’m happy knowing Trey’s going to be well taken care of.”Kaye was directly involved in the rebuild of Anastasio’s rig that took place at Bob Bradshaw’s Custom Audio Electronics in early December, 2017, and has been working with Anastasio, Brown, and Bradshaw on tweaks and maintenance since, including at Madison Square Garden for Phish’s four-night 2017 New Year’s Eve run.Since February 2007, Brown has also been building hand-made cables for the legendary Hard Truckers company, famed for its celebrated speaker cabinets and work with the Grateful Dead.  Brown’s Hard Truckers cables are made to the same exacting standards as the cables he’s built for Trey Anastasio’s touring rig over the years.  Hard Truckers CEO Glenn Goldstein described Brown as a “guitar and electronics wizard,” who “has dedicated his life to the science behind the music.”“I’ll always be of service to Trey in the future,” Brown says, “just not the primary tech.”From the entire Phish community, thank you for you dedication and devotion to a dream Brian.  As Trey said before the band’s second hiatus in 2004, “I would not be able to play without Brian… he totally makes all this stuff work.”[Photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein]last_img


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