Iconic Pantera bassist Rex Brown has inked a new record deal to issue his first solo album this year. Brown will release a still-untitled disc via eOne that will find him serving as the lead vocalist and guitarist in the band for the first time in his career.

Brown tracked lead vocals, rhythm guitar and bass with his primary collaborator Lance Harvill, a Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter. “Lance was and is, my main man on this. Everything we did was finely tuned, both musically and brotherly.”

Drums were tracked by Christopher Williams, who has worked with country music veteran Lee Greenwood, the reconstituted Blackfoot and most recently, power metal legends Accept. The album was produced by New Yorker turned Nashville transplant Caleb Sherman, a multi-instrumentalist with work on records by Little Big Town and Porter Block, among others.

“Caleb produced the project from a musician's standpoint,” adds Brown. “Not just a typical producer’s standpoint, which was something I definitely needed. Between Caleb and Lance, we were a force to be reckoned with. They really pulled out the best in me.” Peter Keyes, known for his work with Lynyrd Skynyrd, can also be heard on a few tracks. All bass tracking came from Rex himself as well.

“My motto these days is ‘Shake some s--t up,’” Brown declares. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bulls--t. This is just something else I'm doing for fun, man ... and musical freedom. Fun has to come into it or I'm not going to do it. I've had a tremendous career and now I feel like I’m 25-years-old again. This has given me that freedom I needed.”

“I am thrilled to have such an influential artist like Rex join the growing Entertainment One rock family,” says Scott Givens, SVP Entertainment One. “He’s influenced not just our other artists, but myself as well. It's an honor for all of us to work with him.”

As for Brown, he enthusiastically states, "I’ve got so much more in me. I’m just getting my feet wet." Stay tuned for details on Brown's still-untitled studio album coming soon.

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