(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Pieta Brown, whose father, Greg Brown, was instrumental in establishing the sound and approach of the new-folk movement growing out of the 1970s singer-songwriter revolution — including founding Red House Records, home to some of the leading lights of the new-folk movement, including Lucy Kaplansky, John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson — brings her second-generation new-folk sound, heavily influenced by Americana and indie-rock, to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, October 23, 2011, at 8pm.
Pieta Brown is a striking poet-songwriter with a seductive voice and an unmistakable style. With one foot in her Iowa home and one in Alabama where she grew up, she is a mercurial sort – a free-spirited beauty who is both self-possessed and disarmingly unaffected.
Not easily categorized, her music is a unique blend of alt-country, folk, blues and indie-rock that speaks to music fans around the world and has garnered rave reviews from the likes of the BBC and Boston Globe, as well as a variety of hip music blogs and indie radio stations. She was recently featured on Amos Lee’s new hit album Mission Bell along with Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson and has toured with such diverse artists as Mark Knopfler, Ani DiFranco, Calexico and John Prine.
After releasing the critically acclaimed album Remember the Sun (2007), Pieta caught the attention of legendary producer Don Was, and teamed up to make Shimmer… It was hailed as “incisive and carefully crafted” (All Music Guide) and charted on both folk and Americana radio. With a one-two punch, (stepping seamlessly into the role of producer with right-hand man, guitar-slinger, Bo Ramsey) Pieta quickly followed Shimmer with the full-length album One and All in 2010. Released on CD and vinyl, its soul-tinged grooves caught the attention of Mark Knopfler, who invited her to join him for his North American tour. She followed that with a string of dates with John Prine.
Distinguishing herself from the crowd of singer/songwriters Pieta is being called “one of the best modern songwriters” (Sonic Boomers) and “a genuine talent” (iTunes). Or, as one of Pieta’s own songwriting heroes Iris Dement put it, “one of the best poets I’ve heard in a long damn time.” Even her own father, beloved folk icon, Greg Brown, recorded one of her songs on his new album Freak Flag.
Now with the release of her new album Mercury, Pieta is making her mark as a modern American troubadour. With a deep abiding saturation in blues and folk beyond her years and a bit of hipster swagger, she continues to bend forms to suit her burgeoning and unmistakable style.