Another round of the folk family Brown |

Another round of the folk family Brown

Stewart Oksenhorn
Aspen Times Staff Writer

It looks as if the Brown family tradition of passing along a love of story and song has survived another generation.

Pieta Brown, the oldest of Greg Brown’s three daughters, has launched her own career as a folk singer. The 29-year-old singer-songwriter released an eponymous debut CD last year on Iowa-based Trailer Records. The album, produced by her father’s frequent collaborator Bo Ramsey, earned favorable notices from NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Music Row magazine; SFGate likened her quiet style to a combination of Richard Thompson, J.J. Cale, Jeff Buckley and Tom Waits. The duo of Brown and Ramsey toured coast to coast following the release of the CD, and they open for Greg this weekend at the Wheeler Opera House.

Pieta Brown earned an extra measure of attention by contributing to “Going Driftless,” the all-female CD tribute to her father. Pieta and her sisters Zoe and Constie recorded a gentle, harmony-heavy version of “Ella Mae,” their father’s remembrance of his grandmother. The recording put the Brown daughters in the company of such musicians as Lucinda Williams, Victoria Williams and Eliza Gilkyson.

Brown is back to her work on her own songs. Backed by a trio of roots-rock stalwarts ” bassist Dave Jacques, drummer Bryan Owings and Ramsey ” she recorded a new CD, “I Never Told,” in Nashville this past summer. The album features seven Brown originals and a cover of the traditional “Little Sparrow.”

Pieta may not be the only Brown of her generation to walk in her father’s footsteps. While youngest daughter Zoe has leaned toward the visual arts, Greg notes that Constie is showing increasing interest in the guitar.

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