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Country Singer Junior Brown Offering $3000 Reward for Stolen Guit-Steel Guitar

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It's hard to separate the throwback musical sound and hillbilly style of Junior Brown from his Michael Stevens-designed electric guitar and lap steel guitar amalgam the guit-steel. Sadly, a thief took one of Brown's custom instruments, lovingly called "Big Red," along with his wife Tanya Rae's Martin Shenandoah acoustic guitar from a rental car during the couple's stay earlier this month in a North Attleboro, Mass. hotel.

Ever since the theft was shared on Oct. 7 by the Junior Brown Fan Page on Facebook, Brown's $2,000 reward for the stolen gear increased thanks to a pair of Texas-based veterinarians.

"My wife and I are both veterinarians here in Monahans, Texas," wrote Trey Armstrong on Facebook. "I've been a big fan of Junior Brown since the first time I heard 'Highway Patrol.' I would like to add $1,000 to the reward money being offered ($2,000 by Junior Brown) for the safe return to his guit-steel and his wife's Martin guitar."

Alert! Junior’s guit-steel has been stolen. We are in North Attleboro Massachusetts. Anybody that has any Facebook...

Posted by Junior Brown Fan Page on Monday, October 7, 2019

While Brown waits for his beloved instrument's safe return, he's been playing an older guit-steel he calls "Old Yeller"  on tour.

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As for the thief-at-large, it's hard to imagine anyone selling or pawning such a unique instrument without getting caught, even though Stevens Guitars sells replica guit-steel guitars.

Before starting his solo career in the '80s, Brown sharpened his skills as a guitarist with western swing legends Asleep at the Wheel. By 1993, the Arizona native's classic country music songwriting, singing and picking skills culminated with the classic album Guit With It, a Curb Records release featuring "My Wife Thinks You're Dead."

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