L.d Brown was born in Feb, 19?? and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 17 years before moving to Philadelphia to reside in a more challenging environment. He began to study music in the summer...
L.d Brown was born in Feb, 19?? and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 17 years before moving to Philadelphia to reside in a more challenging environment. He began to study music in the summer of 1996 after moving into an apartment in which an electric guitar was left behind. Studying on his own, L.d began to understand some of the core elements of music composition. It was not long before he was collaborating with fellow musicians and arranging for solo as well as ensemble performance.
In 1998(shortly after forming his first group) L.d began to suffer severe bouts of hand stress due to poor technique and over playing. This malady heightened to the point of nearly crippling the young guitarist physically as well as mentally. "I had lost all of the chops I never even had a chance to obtain" he later stated. After countless examinations, and therapy( both physical and mental) L.d was diagnosed with a rare brain disease called dystonia, which effects many people in the world whom use their hands in finite works pianist,surgeons, etc.
Having to literally start over as a guitarist, L.d began studying finger style guitar techniques in his spare time between playing rhythm guitar, and saxophone with different groups around Philadelphia. "I could still control my right hand enough to finger pick, but my left was just completely shot"
This series of events became the efficacy for what is now "GreyReverend". The world of finger style guitar music is quite vast and rich with many styles of prolific expression. From Chet Atkins to Ali Far Ka Toure to Andre Segovia there are many incredible approaches to the guitar through finger picking. L.d (in an almost obsessive determination) began to cultivate the styles and right hand techniques of some of his favorite composers into his own sound, all the while being limited by the restricted use of his left hand. "My hands are quite large, so I was able to gather alternative fingerings via my thumb and stretching chord positions".
The resilience and will to keep playing the instrument he loves so dearly began to pay off in the form of a truly unique approach to the acoustic guitar. L.d began performing under the moniker "GreyReverend" in 2004 after a solo guitar album with the title "The Grey Reverend Recordings" was released the year before under his own name. "I didn't want to perform under my own name, and I needed something strong and memorable for a project title. The pure definition of those two words is quite powerful to me".