Country singer and guitarist Junior Brown is seeking the public’s help to find his signature instrument, which was stolen during a tour stop in North Attleborough, the Grammy-nominated artist said.
Jamieson “Junior” Brown is offering a $2,000 reward for the return of his guit-steel, a rare double-necked guitar that he invented himself, and his wife Tanya Rae Brown’s Martin Shenandoah guitar, Brown posted on social media Wednesday.
Junior Brown's "Big Red" Guit-Steel has been stolen from a tour stop in North Attleboro Massachusetts. Please send out an alert and share as we need to get the word out!!!! They also stole Tanya Rae's Martin Shenandoah guitar. $2k REWARD! Thank you!https://t.co/DHLsEhEfXO pic.twitter.com/JCOiZ6Bu3o— Junior Brown (@guitsteel) October 9, 2019
The guitars were stolen from the back of the couple’s rental car, North Attleborough Police Sergeant Christopher Ciccio said in an e-mail. Police are investigating the breaking and entering, which was reported at 7:04 a.m. Monday, he said.
The window of the passenger-side rear door of the car, which was in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express at 707 South Washington St. at the time, was broken, Ciccio said.
“The first guitar is owned by Jamieson Brown and was described as a very rare and unique guitar, with production numbers being in the single digits,” Ciccio said. “It was described as being ‘faded red to brown’ in color, with the markings ‘Junior Brown’ and ‘Steven Guit-Steel’ on the headstock.”
Tanya Rae Brown’s guitar was described as having a “blonde body and headstock” with gold tuning pegs, Ciccio said. The black SKB case containing the guitar was also taken. When it was stolen, the case had an airport tag on it with Tanya Rae Brown’s contact information, Ciccio said.
The theft remains under investigation, and police are asking anyone with information to reach out to the department.
Posting on his fan page on Facebook, Junior Brown said, “Anybody that has any Facebook friends up here in the Northeast Boston, Rhode Island, New York area please send out an alert we need to get the word out!!!!”
Guit-steel guitars have one neck of an electric guitar and one neck of a lap steel guitar. The original guitar, nicknamed “Old Yeller,” is on display at the Museum of Design Atlanta.
The museum sent “Old Yeller” to Texas for Brown to use during his performances in Houston, Dallas, and Austin, Junior Brown said on Facebook.