Session 208: Greg Brown & Pieta Brown (Monday Show)<- Back
October 01, 2018
Father and Daughter together for a night of Sh*tty Barn magic!
The daughter of two preachers kids, Pieta Brown's early upbringing in Iowa was
in a rural outpost with no furnace, running water, or TV. There, she 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
Birmingham, Alabama during her formative years, Pieta drew on and expanded
these influences and began writing poems and composing instrumental songs on piano. By the time she left home at 18 she had lived in at least 19 different
houses and apartments between Iowa and Alabama.
In her early 20's, after experiencing what she describes as "the songs
calling, Pieta started experimenting with the banjo and eventually picked up a
1930's Maybell arch-top guitar during a visit to her father's place and never
looked back. Emerging from a disjointed and distinctly;bohemian; upbringing,
Pieta began performing live and making independent recordings soon after
teaching herself how to play guitar. "I grew up around a lot of musicians and
artists living on the fringe, and have always felt most at home among them"
Continually revealing new layers as both a songwriter and performer, Pieta is
being recognized as one of modern Americana's true gems. In recent years
Pieta has released four highly critically acclaimed albums, and three EPs, with
much attention being paid not only to her distinct sound and style, but also the
power of her singing and songwriting. Since releasing One and All (2010)
and Mercury (2011), followed by Paradise Outlaw (2014 which Bon Iver master
mind, Justin Vernon, called his favorite recording made at our studio.) Pieta has
toured North America with Mark Knopfler, and toured various regions of the
U.S., Australia and Canada with John Prine, Amos Lee, Brandi Carlisle, JJ
Cale, Ani Difranco, Mavis Staples, and Calexico among others. She has co-
written songs with and made recent guest appearances on albums by Calexico,
Amos Lee, and Iris Dement. In the last few years Pietas songs and music have
been heard in various TV Shows and indie films including Everything Will Be Fine
(Wim Wenders). With the release of her most recent album of collaborations,
Postcards, (March 2017), and a lead-role in a Swiss based indie film in the
works, Pietas music and artistry continues to rise.