Pieta Brown & Bo Ramsey
Location: 3329 Lincoln Way
Venue: Bluestem Stage
Time: 8 – 11
Price: $12 students $17 adults
PRAISE FOR PIETA
~”Self-styled poetess, folk goddess and country waif, Pieta’s music resonates with a seductive simplicity and lyrical grace.” – BBC
“…moody, ethereal…I will listen…over and over again.” – NPR’s All Songs Considered
~”…a dreamy wandering into the heart and soul of uniquely American music. Highly recommended.” – Direct Current
~”(an) artist with vision, intensity, and the talent to combine them into compelling music.” – Amazon.com
~” She has that kind of voice…intimate, raw, enveloping.” – Chicago Reader
~ “…a style and a sensuality that’s all her own….”- Pop Matters
~”One of the best poets I’ve heard in a long damn time.” – Iris Dement
There’s a lot of love in this album,” Pieta Brown says of Paradise Outlaw, her sixth album and fourth Red House release. “There’s a lot of love in the songs and a lot of love in the way it was recorded, and hopefully that comes through.”
The level of emotional engagement that Brown routinely brings to her work is evident throughout Paradise Outlaw. The self-produced 14-song set fully embodies the qualities that have already established the iconoclastic singer-songwriter as a fiercely individual musical force.
Recorded at Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon’s April Base studio in Wisconsin, with a supporting cast that includes Vernon, Amos Lee and Brown’s father, legendary troubadour Greg Brown, Paradise Outlaw boasts some of Pieta’s most emotionally resonant compositions, and some of her most expressive performances, to date.
Although the Alabama-bred, Iowa-based Brown’s quietly riveting tunes and gritty, charismatic performing style resist easy categorization, they’ve helped her to win a fiercely loyal international fan base that extends to many of her fellow artists.
“When Pieta sings you’re aware of something effortless and natural, like rain on earth,” Mark Knopfler observed, while Don Was called her “a great singer-songwriter who possesses major star-power magnetism,” and Iris DeMent described her as “the best poet I’ve heard in a long damn time.”
Paradise Outlaw showcases Brown’s established strengths while staking out fresh new creative territory. “On my last album Mercury, I was recording near Nashville with top-call studio musicians who I hadn’t worked with before, and was exploring the idea of craft and trying to hone in on more classic forms than I had previously,” she explains, adding, “Paradise Outlaw came from a radically different place. I was thinking a lot about freedom, experimentation, poetry, folk songs, bending forms and voices. I also wrote and delivered half the songs on the banjo, which was completely new for me.”