Pieta Brown stirs together folk, country and blues.
Singer-Songwriter, Pieta Brown, will appear at the historic Thrasher Opera House, in downtown Green Lake, on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. Brown's own blend of music has garnered numerous comparisons to musical forbearers like Rickie Lee Jones, Bobbie Gentry, and Bob Dylan. "It's intoxicating to hear song after song that stirs together folk, country, and blues so thoroughly that you can't tell where one stops and the others begin.” Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore City Paper
Pieta Brown is a singer-songwriter with plenty of appeal. Like many women who play even slightly country-esque music, she has to deal with Lucinda Williams comparisons -- certainly always meant as a compliment. But it's also sure that Brown's music goes beyond genres and comparisons to any other single artist. Fans of shoegazer bands, darkwave bands and even the occasional indie rocker in their too-tight pants and Killers hairdos can all find something in Brown's music to love.
"Hopefully I am just a songwriter. That is the thing I feel most strongly about," says Brown. "My songwriting has been informed by all kinds of music--as you can guess I have listened to a lot of old music. Grew up with people in the family playing music--a rural Iowa thing."
While she is a country and blues fan her music tastes do not stop there. "That was the beginning. I am a huge Prince fan, a Tom Petty fan. I just like music and songs and songwriting." says Brown.
"I remember when I was a kid growing up I didn't really know what I know about folk music now. I am really particular about sound and sound quality. I came at songwriting from a really raw uneducated place-- punk, rock, blues...really basic stuff. Even though I have learned how to play I still think that is there." - Excerpt from Patrick Ogle, Gearwire feature writer
The daughter of two preacher's kids, Brown spent her childhood in Iowa and Alabama amidst a bohemian and musical family. In her bare-bones Iowa upbringing Pieta was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her folk-singer father, Greg Brown. Later, while growing up in the deep south of Birmingham, Alabama with her full-time working mother, Pieta drew on and expanded these musical influences and began writing poetry and composing songs for piano.
Since her first self-released and self titled CD in 2002, Brown has collaborated and toured with highly respected guitarist and producer Bo Ramsey. In fact, Ramsey co-produced her 2005 national debut album, In The Cool, which was universally acclaimed. It was named one of the years top 10 by several newspapers across the country (Kansas City, Little Rock and Chattanooga) and was chosen as one of the best CDs of 2005 by Amazon.com. For more information: www.pietabrown.com
Tickets for Brown’s concert, sponsored in part by Heidel House and Two Chez are $16 Adults and $12 Students and available at Thrasher office; Knowledge Emporium; Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Ripon Drug and Pick ‘n Save (Ripon); Twister (Princeton); Berlin Chamber of Commerce; or by calling (920) 294-4279.