KNOW & GO
WHO: Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents Folk Legend Greg Brown
WHEN: Thursday, April 24, Doors 6:30, Show 7:30pm
WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
TICKETS: $29/ Advance General Admission, $32/ Door General Admission, $40 Limited Reserved. Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.
The Miners Foundry presents renowned folk icon and one of the greatest living American songwriters, Greg Brown, Thursday, April 24. Last year, Brown performed a sold-out concert at the Miners Foundry that included songs from his latest truly potent tour de force, “Hymns To What Is Left”. This April, Brown returns to pick up where he left off with local audiences.
Brown is best known for his signature rumbling baritone voice, master storytelling, and a musical career that has spanned over thirty years with multiple Grammy nominations and an astonishingly deep songbook of 25 albums. His music has been covered by many of the top folk/roots singer songwriters including Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Iris Dement, Gillian Welch, Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Brown was born in the Hacklebarney section of southeastern Iowa and raised by a family that made words and music a way of life. His seasoned songwriting, storytelling, and music are deeply rooted in that place. He moves audiences with warmth, humor, a thundering voice and his unpretentious musical vision.
His mother played the electric guitar, his grandfather played the banjo, his grandmother was a poet, and his father was a Pentecostal preacher. Brown’s youth was spread across a map of the Midwest as they moved between churches (and even denominations), but music was always a staple. Gospel and hymns, classical, hillbilly, early rock and roll, country, and blues coalesced into a simmering stew of sound. Brown studied classical voice and piano as a child and also sang with choirs and in state competitions. At six he took up the pump organ and at twelve he learned the basics of guitar from his mother.
At the core of Hymns To What Is Left is the near-magical, copacetic interplay of Brown’s driven and graceful acoustic picking with longtime collaborator/producer Bo Ramsey’s distinctive artful soundscapes via bell-toned electric guitars and haunting slide.
Paste Magazine wrote, “Brown, like (Bob) Dylan, deeply understands that all North American music is related to the great ebb and flow of its roots traditions and the songs that grew out of it. From Hank Williams to Blind Willie McTell, American roots culture is a dark and vital source for artists to tap into that gives weight and context to songs that wouldn’t exist otherwise.”
In co-producing the album, Ramsey and Brown dug all the way into “less-is-more” and came out with a recording spotlighting Brown’s artistry on all levels. No drums or bass, the rustic mix was rounded out with contributions by Bob Black (banjo), Al Murphy (fiddle and mandolin), Dave Moore (button accordion), and daughter Pieta Brown (banjo, piano, harmony vocals), and cameo otherworldly harmonies by wife Iris Dement and daughter Constie Brown.
The result is an album of 14 uniquely unforgettable songs that find Brown at the peak of his estimable vocal powers supported by an all-world string band that’s absolutely locked-in–in short, a masterpiece that may well be the finest front-to-back endeavor of his career.