Artists You Should Know: Pieta Brown (ticket giveaway!)

Pieta Brown

It’s hard for any artist to step out of the shadows of their past.  Just ask Pieta Brown, daughter of folk icon Greg Brown.  Her challenge was not so much to dissociate herself from her father’s musical success entirely, but to transcend it–build a legacy of her own from the sturdy foundations of family tradition.  She has risen to the challenge with grace, intelligence and humility, qualities that shine through during her gorgeous performances.  Madison music fans will be treated to her brand of intimate, reflective, and fearless folk-country sound when she takes the stage at the High Noon Saloon this Friday.  Read on to find out more about this very special performer, and enter to win a pair of tickets to the show!


Friday, July 31, 2009 7-9pm

High Noon Saloon $10 adv $12 dos – 21+

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Genre: Folk, Alt-Country, Americana, Blues

Sounds Like: Lucinda Williams, Carrie Rodriguez, Son Volt

Official Biography from

Pieta Brown leans towards the reclusive and private life of being an artist. Mystery seems to follow. Conflicting stories arise. So, for the record…

In her bare-bones early upbringing in Iowa there was no furnace, plumbing or running water. There, Pieta was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father, Greg Brown, the now beloved Midwestern folk singer.

Later, while living with her mother in Alabama during her formative years, Pieta drew on and expanded these influences and began writing poetry and composing instrumental songs on piano.

By the time she left home at 18, Pieta had lived in at least 17 different houses and apartments between Iowa and Alabama. Staying true to the disjointed lifestyle of her childhood she wandered from the West Coast to the East. Each locale left its mark on her, accounting for an artist who brings together the unvarnished humility of Loretta Lynn, the honest modern rock punch of P.J. Harvey, the hipster swagger and poetry of Cat Power, and the airy sophistication of Feist.  And – coloring it all – a deep abiding saturation in folk and blues that’s beyond her years. All of this, yet she has her own distinctive style, lyrical substance, and voice. She is unmistakably “a songwriter of great depth,” as recently noted.

On the sublime Remember The Sun (One Little Indian Records), Pieta Brown continued to ride the upward arc begun with her eponymous debut in 2002 and extended by 2005’s critically acclaimed In the Cool. Remember The Sun landed at #2 on music critic Michael Ross’ list for the Village Voice’s 35th Annual Critic’s Poll, and the Wall Street Journal included it in their list of the best of 2007.

This enigmatic Midwesterner has also recently released a new EP, entitled Flight Time, which seemingly arrived out of the blue and has already landed on critic’s lists as well (No Depression Individual Critic’s Picks of 2008). It’s a seven-song collection of gems that Pieta recorded lo-fi in Iowa; an intense collection of songs that are beyond what one expects from a young artist – but exactly what you might wish for from an old soul.

Today, Pieta Brown stays focused on her original intention: “Long before I ever put a recording out there for somebody else to hear, my aim was to be a great artist, and that’s what I’ll always be going after. All my life, I’ve been close to writing and music and all kinds of art…and that closeness continues to drive me.”

WIN A PAIR OF TIX: We’re fortunate to have so many fantastic Midwestern artists to call our own.  With Pieta’s Iowa residency in mind, tell us who your favorite Midwest-based artists are and why their sound reflects the land we live in.  Get your responses in by 7:00 pm this Thursday.  A winner will be notified at that time.  Good luck!

Visit Pieta on her official site and on MySpace.

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