The Turner Brown Band, is a joint Australia/USA musical collaboration between Australian slide guitarist and music producer Dom Turner (of awarded blues act ‘Backsliders’ fame) and Ohio-based ‘Sacred Steel’ lap-slide guitarist and vocalist sensation Nikki D Brown. The result is a merging of Nikki’s southern style US gospel ‘Sacred Steel’ guitar and vocals with Dom’s blues-based sounds forming a dueling slide guitar eclectic and uplifting gospel-blues musical feast

Nikki D Brown, born into a Church-based lap-slide guitar tradition known as ‘Sacred Steel’, learnt the instrument first-hand from myriad steel guitar masters including Ruth Durdel, Yolondo Ramsey, Del Grace and Henry Tyson, melding them all into her unique and wildly gritty guitar sound. Her powerful vocals and performance has developed over a lifetime of gospel singing, resulting in a powerfully rich, raspy soul-gospel vocal style delivered with impeccable flare and flamboyancy.

Renowned Australian blues-based slide-guitarist and vocalist, Dom Turner has spent more than 30 years touring the festival circuit with Backsliders as well as various musical collaborations including Phil Wiggins and Dom Turner. Joining Dom and Nikki is her sister Gloria Brown (rhythm guitar and vocals) and cousin Tomika Webb (drums and vocals), who share the same deep musical heritage and love of infectious gospel-soul music.

The band join us in the PBS studios ahead of their performance as part of the Echuca-Moama Blues Festival.

Listen back to The Gospel Show for the Turner Brown Band's live performance from Sunday July 29. Studio 5 Live is proudly brought to you by Mountain Goat.