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Browne Rocks Down Memory Lane

Many musicians give "shout outs," to people they recognize in the audience, but how many hop off stage to hug someone during a set break? That is exactly what Wilton resident Chance Browne did when he recognized John Dobson sitting in the Brubeck room of the Wilton Library where Browne's band, The Twinkies, played Thursday night.

Browne, 62, hugged and kissed his 87-year-old friend who helped teach Browne how to play. After the show, Browne promised Dobson that he will reconnect with him. The guitarist described his old friend as, "a giant part of why I was even able to play."

Seeing people like Dobson is the reason why Browne and The Twinkies have played at the Summer Music & More Concert Series nine of the 10 years the library has had the series. Making those old connections last night caused the leader of the band to tear up a few times during the show.

Browne got his start in music after dropping out of the School of Visual Arts in New York and receiving a contract after a battle of the bands performance and has played with many big names in blues music including Bo Diddley.

The Wilton resident has since seen a lot of success drawing the nationally syndicated comic strip "Hi and Lois" which his father started with Mort Walker in the 1950s, but still considers himself a musician first. He recently hired an assistant to help with the comic strip so he could play more.

"It's one of those things if you really love it you play it a long time," Browne said, "Musicians unless the blow their brains out ... they just get better."

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