Greg Brown (folk musician)
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Greg Brown at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2004
July 2, 1949 |
Fairfield, Iowa, USA
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, harmonica|
|Labels||Red House Records|
|Associated acts||Iris Dement, Bo Ramsey|
|Website||Official web site|
Brown was born into a musical family, and his father was a Pentecostal minister. Brown spent several years traveling with a band and before returning to Iowa, where he performed live and pursued his songwriting career.
During the 1980s Brown toured and had recurring performances on A Prairie Home Companion. Brown self-published two albums, 44 & 66 and The Iowa Waltz. A friend founded a record company called Red House Records and Brown became its first recording artist. Brown has recorded two dozen albums. In 1986 he released an album called Songs of Innocence and of Experience based on poems by William Blake. His album One Big Town (1989) won an Indie Award from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors.
The Poet Game, his 1994 CD, won a NAIRD Indie award, and Further In (1996) was praised by Rolling Stone magazine. 1994’s The Poet Game saw significant international radio play (charting on AAA and topping The Gavin Report’s Americana chart) and earned not only critical raves, but also the Indie award for singer-songwriter Album of the Year. The Live One (1995) proved to be a fan favorite capturing the humor, warmth, insights, and spirit of his legendary live shows. His 1996 release, Further In, topped them all: critics called it a masterpiece and it received a four-star review in Rolling Stone. Greg’s 1997 release — Slant 6 Mind — received more of the same and earned Greg his second Grammy nomination. 1999 brought the re-release of One Night, a live concert recording originally released on the Coffeehouse Extempore label. His album Solid Heart CD was recorded in 1999 during a benefit concert. Two releases followed in 2000: Over and Under (Trailer Records) and the critically acclaimed Covenant, which won the Association for Independent Music’s award for Best Contemporary Folk Album of 2000. His 2002 album, Going Driftless: An Artist’s Tribute to Greg Brown feature guest vocal performances by Ani DiFranco, Gillian Welch, and Shawn Colvin. A recording of another benefit concert was recorded and released in 2007 under the name Yellow Dog on the EarthWorks Music label. In 2007, Brown was nominated for a Folk Alliance Award.
Greg Brown has been married three times. He has three daughters from his first marriage, Constance Brown, Zoe Brown, and Pieta Brown; all three are musicians.
Brown's daughter Pieta Brown is also a singer-songwriter.
- Hacklebarney (1974) (with Dick Pinney)
- 44 & 66 (1980)
- The Iowa Waltz (1981)
- One Night (1983)
- In the Dark with You (1985)
- Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1986)
- One More Goodnight Kiss (1988)
- One Big Town (1989)
- Down in There (1990)
- Dream Café (1992)
- Friend of Mine (1993) (with Bill Morrissey)
- Bathtub Blues (1993)
- The Poet Game (1994)
- The Live One (1995)
- Further In (1996)
- Slant 6 Mind (1997)
- Solid Heart (1999) (benefit CD)
- Over and Under (2000)
- Covenant (2000)
- Down in the Valley: Barn Aid Benefit Concert (2001)
- Milk of the Moon (2002)
- Live at the Black Sheep (2003)
- If I Had Known: Essential Recordings, 1980-96 (2003)
- Honey in the Lion's Head (2004)
- In the Hills of California (2004)
- The Evening Call (2006)
- Yellow Dog (2007)
- Live from the Big Top (2007)
- Dream City: Essential Recordings, 1997-2006 (2009)
- Freak Flag (2011)
- Hymns to What Is Left (2012)
- Songs of Greg Brown (Prudence Johnson) (1991)
- Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown (Various artists) (2002)
- Demming, Mark. "Greg Brown Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- Greg Brown Biography at Musicianguide.com
- Aspen Times News interview. Accessed on April 22, 2008.
- Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen (2002-11-24). "Industry Profile: Bob Feldman". CelebrityAccess. Retrieved 2006-04-08.
- Greg Brown Tastes the Honey, Country Standard Time interview. Accessed December 5, 2008.
- Rolling Stone review of Further In. Accessed December 5, 2008.
- Folk Alliance Award nominees for 2007 at About.com. Accessed December 5, 2008.
- Red House Records' artists' page
- Demming, Mark. "Greg Brown Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved May 12, 2015.