It was a great run while it lasted, but Marty Brown was eliminated last night (September 4) from the competition on America’s Got Talent.

The beloved country artist with the thick drawl, big smile and creased white cowboy hat made a solid showing during the TV show’s semi-finals Tuesday night, performing a version of the Rascal Flatts song “Bless the Broken Road.” It was Brown’s fourth performance on the program.

Brown had initially wowed the judges during an audition (which he was tricked into attending by his wife) with a powerful cover of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” While the judges agreed that his take in this round was for the most part solid, ultimately in this round he didn’t earn enough votes to stay. Among the 12 semifinalists who performed this week, only six will advance in the competition, and Brown will not be one of them.

That, however, isn’t deterring the Kentucky singer. Now that his career has been revived and he has a whole new set of fans, he vows to keep moving forward.

In a note on his Facebook page, he thanked his fans “for your love and support” and said that he now plans on “going home and spending time with family and deciding on future projects in the music industry.”

As to what those “future projects” might entail, it seems he more than ready to get back into a recording studio. He said in a tweet posted early this morning that his appearance on the show was “a great opportunity” that “got me back out in the public and ready to make a new album!”

Brown was a unique performer on the show, not only for his honest talent and confidence performing in front of a crowd, but for the fact he actually had a notable country music career in the 1990s. He never achieved anything close to the chart status or sales figures of the superstars of the era, such as Garth Brooks or Alan Jackson, but he did release three strong albums for MCA Nashville, and another for independent label HighTone. He was a unique artist who stood out in a sea of ‘hat acts’ thanks to his sharp songwriting and unabashed honky-tonk style. The fact that his debut, High & Dry, was produced by Tony Brown (a guy who’s worked with the likes of George Strait, Vince Gill, Steve Earle and Reba) didn’t hurt matters, either.


By the turn of the 21st century, though, Brown–who at that point no longer had a label deal–seemed to have retreated from the spotlight. Turns out, though, that he did continue recording and performing in and around Kentucky, In fact, he’s got a handful of self-released CDs he’s cut over the past decade that you can purchase from him directly.

Whatever your thoughts on the pros and cons of television talent contests, it’s certainly been a positive force for country artist Marty Brown.

– Kurt Wolff,

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