IOWA CITY, Iowa (May 11, 2013) — Singer/Songwriter, Grammy nominee, hootenanny host, folk musician and local legend Greg Brown performed for us in celebration of a new album Hymns to What is Left Saturday evening at the Englert Theatre. Long time friend and fellow folk stallwart Bo Ramsey opened for the house. Some of those in attendance may have been a little warmed up already by a wine tasting event earlier in the evening on-site. The wine wasn’t necessary as we were all intoxicated by song before long. Ramsey accompanied Mr. Brown for the remainder of the show; the perfect pairing of lyric and chord. The notes throaty yet refined like only age and experience can bring; with a pitch perfect finish.
Earlier in the year, we were gifted with a guest appearance as Mr. Brown performed breifly on stage with his daughter Pieta Brown in Cedar Rapids. That only left me jonesin’ for a full set of Greg Brown’s rich baritone voice. Mr. Brown’s captivating lyricism nearly paralyzed me; in a momentary stupor I had lost myself in the moment. Somehow I was able to coax my mind back to the task at hand to deliver these images to you from the show. You will find them below.
Here is a Better Description of Greg Brown
This is an excerpt from The Englert Theatre’s website englert.org:
One of American folk music’s most prolific and profound singer/songwriters of the past three decades, Greg Brown has earned respect from his peers and a far-flung, passionately-devoted fan-base via a burnished, intimate baritone, a seemingly effortless gift for swinging, organic melody and–perhaps most of all–a humble, unvarnished poetic grace that can imbue even the most mundane, everyday human endeavors and emotions with quiet dignity, startling insight and gently twisted humor.
This concert celebrates the release Greg Brown’s latest album Hymns To What Is Left. Fueled by a signature rumbling baritone voice, (after receiving multiple Grammy nominations, over a 30 year career and building an astonishingly deep songbook – that has been covered by dozens of frontline artists – while touring incessantly), Brown’s previous Freak Flag was stunning in its tenderness and unfiltered emotional depth; beyond that, it found Brown reenergized to the recording process, making way for his latest truly potent tour de force, Hymns To What Is Left.
Here is What Greg Brown Sounds Like
From Hymns to What is Left