Pieta Brown

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Pieta Brown
Pieta Brown.jpg
Brown on stage in 2011.
Background information
BornIowa City, Iowa, United States
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active2002–present
LabelsRed House Records

Pieta Brown (born 1973) is an American musician and singer-songwriter who has released seven albums and three EPs. She has performed with artists such as Mark Knopfler, John Prine, Amos Lee, Justin Vernon and Calexico.

Early life[edit]

Brown was born in Iowa City, Iowa, United States.[1] Her early upbringing was in Iowa. There, Brown was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father, singer songwriter Greg Brown. Brown spent her childhood living in 17 different residences between Iowa and Alabama. While living with her mother in Alabama, Brown began writing poetry and composing instrumental songs on piano.[2]


Collaborator Bo Ramsey produced her 2002 debut record, Pieta Brown and co-produced her 2005 album In the Cool which was named one of the year's best by Amazon.[3] Her next album Remember The Sun was released in 2007 and was cited as one of the year's best in a The Wall Street Journal article.[4] After the release of her next album, One and All, Brown joined Mark Knopfler’s North American tour, had a string of performance dates with John Prine, participated in a full orchestral show with Brandi Carlile, and embarked on her own performance tour in Australia. Brown's 2009 EP, Shimmer was produced by Don Was after hearing her on his car radio in a live solo performance.[5]

In addition to Mark Knopfler, John Prine and Brandi Carlile, Brown has shared stages with JJ Cale, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani DiFranco, Calexico, Neko Case, Mason Jennings, Shawn Mullins, Carrie Rodriguez, Howe Gelb and Jim Lauderdale. She has performed at festivals throughout North America including Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Edmonton Folk Music Festival and more. Her national radio credits include performances on eTown and Mountain Stage.

Personal life[edit]

Brown is married to guitarist and producer, Bo Ramsey.[6]


Solo albums[edit]


  • 2003: I Never Told You (T Records)
  • 2008: Flight Time (T Records)
  • 2009: Shimmer (Red House)
  • 2015: Drifters (Lustre)


  • 2013: Love Over Gold (with Lucie Thorne) – Fall to Rise (Little Secret)

Singles and compilations[edit]

  • 2007: This Land Is Your Land featuring Calexico
  • 2008: Birds from the album Before The Goldrush: A Project to Benefit Teach For America
  • 2010: King Of My Heart (Ezekiel) from the album Think Out Loud.[8]

As song contributor[edit]

  • 2006: various artists A Case For Case: A Tribute to the Songs of Peter Case (Hungry For Music) – disc 2 track 10, "Spell of Wheels"
  • 2007: various artists Just One More: A Tribute To Larry Brown (Bloodshot) – track 8, "Another Place in Time"
  • 2011: various artists A Nod to Bob 2 (Red House) – track 7, "Dirt Road Blues"

As guest artist[edit]


  1. ^ "The New Bohemian / Pieta Brown is the contemporary folk newcomer to watch out for". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  2. ^ "Red House Records – Pieta Brown". Redhouserecords.com. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Off the Radar, the Beat Goes On". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  5. ^ "RHR227 – Shimmer – Pieta Brown 800-695-4687". Redhouserecords.com. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  6. ^ "MIDWESTERN WARES : Singer/Songwriter Pieta Brown Carries on the Iowan Plainsongs Pioneered by her Father, Greg Brown". Citypaper.com. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  7. ^ "In The Cool". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  8. ^ Midwest Musicians Serve the Homeless through Music Think Out Loud. Retrieved July 3, 2012

External links[edit]

Media related to Pieta Brown at Wikimedia Commons