CENTER STAGE: Spokane musician remembered

Raffle underway for autographed Ted Nugent guitar

Last week was totally strange.

First, there was a report of grass fire near Riverside on Tuesday.

Thursday brought buckets of snow to some portions of Okanogan Country.

Then Saturday we were hearing reports of a mudslide in Omak.

Wow. Mother Nature sure enjoys playing tricks on us.

Last week I was shocked to hear of the death of Spokane-area musician who died in a head-on collision on his way to a performance.

The Spokesman Review reported James “Rusty” Brown, 52, died after a southbound vehicle lost control on U.S. Highway 395. The vehicle hit the car carrying Brown and his wife, Annetta Chism, head-on around 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

Brown and Chism both were ejected from a 2004 Kia Spectra. Brown was pronounced dead at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane and Chism was injured, according to the state patrol.

Brown – the lead vocalists and bassist for the Texas Twister band – performed around the region a couple of times.

I first met him back in 2012 when he was playing music in Republic. He was one heck of a singer and songwriter. He will be missed.

On a happier note, have you heard about the autographed guitar raffle going on in Ferry County?

The Republic Eagles is hosting a raffle for a 1998 American Fender Stratocaster autographed by Ted Nugent. The sunburst guitar has Custom Shop Texas Special pickups. Proceeds will benefit the Republic Police Department for its K-9 fund. The Drawing will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Ferry County Fair.

Last Saturday I ventured down to Wenatchee to take in the 14th annual Washington State Nashville Country Star east quarter final.

There is sure a lot of talented high school singers around our region.

For a list of those advancing to the semi-finals (March 17 at Virginia Grainger Elementary School in Okanogan), click here.

Enough for this week!

Brock Hires is managing editor of The Chronicle. He can be reached at 509-826-1110 or via


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