OCTOBER 2013: Pieta Brown's New Project, Love Over Gold, Receives Rave Reviews In Rolling Stone (Australia), Uncut and Rhythms Magazines
Pieta Brown's new duo project with Australian singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne, Love Over Gold, has received rave reviews from Rolling Stone (Australia), Rhythms (Australia) and Uncut (UK) magazines for their brand new release titled Fall to Rise. In its November 2013 issue, Rolling Stone gave the album four out of five stars and named the duo "a true musical connection..." stating, "it's an album which is as stark as it is beguiling, the vocal harmonies conjured up by the duo magical and haunting. In the realm of Florence Welch, this is a gem." Rhythms magazine stated in its September 2013 issue "what is surprising is how much their individual personalities still shine so strongly. Neither voice has been diluted and yet their combination takes them somewhere neither has been before. I'd say that's a sign of a triumphant alliance." Uncut's 7/10 review from its November 2013 Issue approves of the collaboration proclaiming, "There's a hint of Joni Mitchell in Thorne's voice... while the sultriness of Brown's delivery adds a languid air... Both voices combine beautifully..."
Having just finished a U.S. tour, Love Over Gold will continue on with dates in Australia starting in November.
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JULY 2013: Pieta Brown Duo Project With Lucie Thorne, Love Over Gold, Will Release Fall To Rise September 9, 2013
Pieta Brown will release her new duo album, Fall To Rise, with Australian singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne on September 9, 2013 via Little Secret Records. Pieta and Lucie first met during Pieta's Fall 2010 tour of Australia and have now teamed up under the moniker Love Over Gold for their debut recording together. The new record grew out of songwriting sessions in Pieta's native Iowa when Lucie stopped in to collaborate en route to a European tour in 2012. Coming from heavily different backgrounds, each artist's distinctive vocal stylings and poetic sensibilities are blended seamlessly on the ten-track record about which Pieta stated, "Making Fall To Rise pushed me artistically but above all it was really fun! I've sung with a lot of different people, but this is the first time I've been a part of trying to merge two voices into a singular sound. I'm especially proud of this kind of blatant tenderness in the one big sound we created... and that happened totally organically." Lucie Thorne, whose work has been short listed for the prestigious Australian Music Prize, awarded Album of The Year by the Sydney Morning Herald, and included on a Universal Records compilation alongside Leonard Cohen and Radiohead, proclaimed about their partnership, "From the very first song we worked on together it's felt like finding a songwriting soulmate."
Fall To Rise follows Pieta's acclaimed 2011 release, Mercury, which ranked #1 on Roots Music Report's (RMR) Top 100 Folk Albums of 2012, spent twenty consecutive weeks at #1 on RMR's Folk Radio Airplay Chart after it's release and remained in the top 5 for seven months overall. In addition to her work with Love Over Gold, Pieta Brown is also slated to release a new solo record featuring guest appearances by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Amos Lee in 2014.
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FEBRUARY 2013: Pieta Brown's Mercury Is #1 On Roots Music Report's Top 100 Folk Albums Of
2012, Other Rosebud Artists Rank High On Roots Music Report's Year-End Charts
Pieta Brown's Mercury was ranked by Roots Music Report (RMR) as the #1 most played Folk album of 2012. Mercury spent twenty consecutive weeks in the #1 position on RMR's weekly Folk airplay chart after its release and ranked in the top five for seven months overall. Also included in RMR's Top 100 Folk Albums of 2012 were releases by Woody Guthrie, Mark Knopfler, and Mumford & Sons.
Mercury was recorded in just three days in the country west of Nashville and features GRAMMY-winning producer/artist Richard Bennett (Mark Knopfler, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris), bassist Glenn Worf (Mark Knopfler, Aaron Neville, Tammy Wynette), drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler), multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash) and Pieta's frequent collaborator Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown). Also featured on the album is Mark Knopfler adding to the blues stomp "So Many Miles".
Other Rosebud artists' albums ranking high on RMR's 2012 year-end most played charts were: Carolina Moonrise and Reason and Rhyme by Jim Lauderdale in the Top Bluegrass Albums of 2012, Let It Burn by Ruthie Foster ranked in the top ten most played Blues Albums of 2012, and Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live At The Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981 also ranked in the Top Blues Albums of 2012 (the late Muddy Waters was a Rosebud artist until his passing in 1983). RMR also ranked several albums that featured Rosebud artists on its 2012 most played year-end charts: Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream which featured Bill Frisell as well as "You Can't Fail Me Now", co-written by Loudon Wainwright III ranked in the top five Roots Rock Albums of 2012, Preservation Hall Jazz Band's St. Peter & 57th St. featured Trombone Shorty, Lou Pallo's Thank You Les featured Johnny A., and Paul Thorn's What the Hell Is Going On? featured Elvin Bishop who also wrote the album's title track. For a complete list of RMR's 2012 year-end charts, please visit RMR Top Albums of 2012 >>
To Catch Pieta Brown, Johnny A., Jim Lauderdale, Bill Frisell, Elvin Bishop And Trombone Shorty Live, See Tour Dates >>
OCTOBER 2012: Pieta Brown Releases New Song, "To Believe", in Honor of President Obama's Re-Election Campaign; Pieta to be Featured on Iowa City Song Project Release
Pieta Brown has released a brand new song "To Believe". Her message and lyrics are available on her website at: pietabrown.com/tobelieve.cfm.
"To Believe" was penned just days before Pieta performed at a Democratic rally in her home state of Iowa. The song is Pieta's way of honoring Obama's re-election campaign, as she explains:
"...though I think 'forward' can be a positive message, one thing I have missed during the current election, in the midst of all the political banter and noise is the simple message of hope...followed by peace, and love, which all feel to me, no matter how simple or idealistic, absolutely necessary. So, the other afternoon, sitting with my guitar, I began to wonder what message I might actually try to share with President Obama. This little song tumbled out."
Recorded as a lo-fi demo in her kitchen while sitting with her guitar, "To Believe" features her friend David Mansfield on guitar and mandolin. Mansfield has collaborated with such artists as Bob Dylan, T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, Roger McGuinn, Loudon Wainwright III, Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam and many more.
In other current news, Pieta has recently donated a new version of her song "It Doesn't Take Long" to the Iowa City Song Project - an exclusive collection of songs inspired by experiences or impressions of Iowa City. The song features various artists including Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, William Elliott Whitmore and many more. The album will be released via Maximum Ames Records on November 6 in conjunction with the Englert Theatre's centennial celebration. The Englert, a performing arts venue located in downtown Iowa City, has been a major presence in staging many Americana and folk artists in the city. Pieta & The Sawdust Collective will perform at the Englert Theatre on November 2, as part of the record release show.
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MARCH 2012: Ruthie Foster #1 on Blues Radio Chart for 2nd Week and Pieta Brown Maintains #1 Hold on Folk Radio Chart for 5th Month
Ruthie Foster's Let It Burn is #1 on the Blues Radio Chart for the second week in a row per the Roots Music Report. Pieta Brown's Mercury has continually reigned at #1 on the Folk Radio Chart virtually every week since October (she dropped to #2 one week and bounced right back to #1).
Ruthie's Let It Burn debuted at #2 on Billboard's Current Blues Album Chart behind only Etta James. It also hit the Top 10 on Amazon's sales chart and #1 in Blues on iTunes and Amazon during it's first week of release. The album features The Blind Boys of Alabama, soul legend William Bell, The Funky Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Russell Batiste, guitarist Dave Easley, saxophonist James Rivers, and organist Ike Stubblefield (Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Eric Clapton). It covers an eclectic group of songs originally performed by Adele, The Black Keys, Los Lobos, Johnny Cash, The Band, Pete Seeger, Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Martyn, Robbie Robertson, and several new Ruthie Foster compositions.
Pieta's Mercury features Mark Knopfler as a guest on the album, playing guitar on "So Many Miles." Also joining Pieta are long-time collaborator Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), and great session players including Grammy-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist Richard Bennett (Mark Knopfler, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris), bassist Glenn Worf (Mark Knopfler, Aaron Neville, Tammy Wynette), drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler) and multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash).
Catch Ruthie and Pieta performing individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
JANUARY 2012: Rosebud Artists Recognized In Village Voice 2011 Pazz & Jop Poll
Albums and singles released by Rosebud artists last year are recognized in the 2011 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Music Critics Poll, which calculated 700 critics' votes for their Top 10 albums and singles of the year.
Listed among the year's top albums are:
• Meshell Ndegeocello, Weather (as well as her single "Oysters")
• Bill Frisell, All We Are Saying
• Bill Frisell & Vinicius Cantuaria, Lagrimas Mexicanas
• Trombone Shorty, For True
• Bill Frisell, Sign of Life: Music for 858 Quartet
• Pieta Brown, Mercury
• Ruthie Foster, Live At Antone's
• Marcia Ball, Roadside Attractions (GRAMMY Nominated)
Also recognized on the list:
• Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings album which features Bill Frisell as well as a single from the album, "Meds"
• Ben Waters, Boogie 4 Stu: A Tribute to Ian Stewart, which features Rosebud Artist Charlie Watts
• Tom Waits' Bad As Me album, which features Charlie Musselwhite, as well as all five singles from the album that Charlie guests on ("Satisfied," "Bad As Me," "Hell Broke Luce," "Chicago" and "Raised Right Man")
• Steve Cropper's Dedicated: A Salute to the 5 Royales, which features Bettye LaVette
Congratulations to all the artists! Check them out live on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>
OCTOBER 2011: Duke Robillard Joins Pieta Brown and Trombone Shorty at #1 on Respective Charts
As of this writing, Duke Robillard's latest CD, Low Down and Tore Up moved into the #1 spot on Roots Music Report's Blues Chart from last week's #3 position. Pieta Brown's Mercury, in the meantime, continues its reign at #1 on the Roots Music Folk Radio Chart. And Trombone Shorty's new For True CD is entering its fourth week at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album Sales Chart. Trombone Shorty's major label debut, the GRAMMY-nominated Backatown, also remains in the top 10, a full 78 weeks after its release, with 10 of those weeks at #1.
A two-time GRAMMY Award Nominee, Duke's past collaborations include playing with and/or producing Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Maria Muldaur, Dr. John and John Hammond as well as sorely-missed legends such as Jay McShann, Ruth Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rosco Gordon and Long John Baldry. Duke's last album, Passport to the Blues, was nominated for the 2011 Blues Music Award for Traditional Blues Album of the Year. He was also nominated again this year as Best Guitarist - a category he has already won 4 times in the past.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have toured relentlessly since the release of Backatown in April 2010. They've performed on five continents as well as making numerous TV, radio, festival and major concert appearances. The new For True album includes guests Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Ledisi, Warren Haynes, Lenny Kravitz, Ivan and Cyril Neville, The Rebirth Brass Band, 5th Ward Weebie and more.
Recorded in the country west of Nashville, Tennessee, Mercury features Pieta's long-time collaborator Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), and is joined by great session players including Grammy-winning producer/ multi-instrumentalist Richard Bennett (Mark Knopfler, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris), bassist Glenn Worf (Mark Knopfler, Aaron Neville, Tammy Wynette), drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler) and multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash).
Catch Duke Robillard, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Pieta Brown individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
OCTOBER 2011: Pieta Brown Offers Free Track In Solidarity With "Occupy Wall Street" Protestors
In solidarity with the "Occupy Wall Street" protestors, Pieta Brown is offering her song "I Want It Back" as a free download for the month of October by visiting her website at pietabrown.com/iwantitback.cfm.
"I'm offering 'I Want It Back' to say thank you to the people protesting. I wrote this song when feeling a lot of the same things that many people joining the 'Occupy Wall Street' efforts are feeling and voicing," Pieta says. "The song is a simple love song about longing...about wanting things back...like the feeling of a coherent country - a country where people from different places and ways of thinking try to work together. A place where there is enough to go around."
Pulled from Pieta's new radio-charting release (#1 on the Folk Radio Airplay chart as of this writing), Mercury, "I Want It Back" shows why she has been called "folk/country's heir-apparent" (Blurt) and why her fans include such songwriting legends as Mark Knopfler and Iris DeMent. In support of Mercury, Pieta is touring across the country playing solo shows and a string of dates with Amos Lee, Richard Thompson, Iris DeMent, and Greg Brown.
Check out Pieta performing live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
AUGUST 2011: Pieta Brown's New Album Mercury Out September 27, 2011 - Title Track Out Now
Pieta Brown's new album, Mercury, will be released September 27, 2011. The title track has just been released digitally. Mark Knopfler is a featured guest on the album, playing guitar on "So Many Miles." Mark said, "When Pieta sings you're aware of something effortless and natural, like rain on earth." Pieta toured extensively with Mark last year across North America, where she met many of the musicians who play on the album. Following the tour, they invited her to join them in Tennessee, where they recorded the whole album in the country west of Nashville. In addition to her long-time collaborator Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), Pieta is joined by great session players including Grammy-winning producer/ multi-instrumentalist Richard Bennett (Mark Knopfler, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris), bassist Glenn Worf (Mark Knopfler, Aaron Neville, Tammy Wynette), drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler) and multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash).
Catch Pieta performing live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
APRIL 2011: Pieta Brown Featured on A Nod To Bob 2 Collection (for Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday), New Amos Lee CD and Greg Brown Covers Pieta on His Upcoming Freak Flag CD
Pieta Brown is featured on the forthcoming collection, A Nod To Bob 2 (out May 17 on Red House Records), recorded in honor of Bob Dylan's 70th birthday this year. Pieta's rendition of "Dirt Road Blues" accompanies covers of Dylan tunes from artists including Hot Tuna, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, The Pines, Guy Davis and Eliza Gilkyson. The Red House label's original Nod to Bob project in 2001 went on to become the label's biggest selling album in their history.
Pieta is also a featured guest on Amos Lee's recently released CD, Mission Bell (Blue Note). The album was produced by Joey Burns (of Calexico), with other guests including Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Priscilla Ahn and James Gadson with musical backing from Calexico.
In addition, Pieta's father, singer-songwriter Greg Brown, covers Pieta's "Remember The Sun" (which Pieta wrote as a tribute to The Staples Singers, who were Rosebud artists as well) on his new album, Freak Flag (out May 10 on Yep Roc Records), his 24th studio album. Greg, a former musical director for A Prairie Home Companion radio show, has had his own songs performed by Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Carlos Santana, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Joan Baez among others.
Check out Pieta performing live on stage, including a series of dates with fellow Rosebud artist Carrie Rodriguez in May, please see Tour Dates >>
FEBRUARY 2011: Thanks To Mountain Stage (NPR) Encores For Loudon Wainwright III, Pieta Brown, David Lindley, John Hammond, Mavis Staples, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Thank you to Mountain Stage, who are re-broadcasting six Rosebud artists' performances, from mid-February through the beginning of April. Loudon Wainwright III and Pieta Brown are both featured in an episode airing the week after February 18th (the "week after" runs from Friday to the following Friday). David Lindley and John Hammond are both featured in a program airing the week after March 11th and 2011 GRAMMY Winner Mavis Staples is featured in the show airing the week after April 1st. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's performance was recently re-broadcast in an episode which aired after February 11th.
Mountain Stage is broadcast on over 170 NPR stations and has been an exceptional supporter of Rosebud artists. We truly appreciate our ongoing relationship with such a top quality program. Over the years, the show has featured performances by fellow Rosebud artists The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Charlie Musselwhite, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Bettye LaVette, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Marcia Ball, Duke Robillard, Ruthie Foster, Carrie Rodriguez and The Weepies.
Visit the show's archives to listen to some of these past performances and click here to find a station in your area that broadcasts Mountain Stage: Mountain Stage Archives >> NPR MUSIC: Mountain Stage >>. Check out all of these artists on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>
AUGUST 2010: Pieta Brown To Support John Prine, Upcoming Track on Think Out Loud CD
Pieta Brown will be supporting John Prine on his upcoming tour dates in the Midwest this Fall. The tour begins September 17 in Madison and runs through September 25 in Minneapolis. Check out all the tour dates here.
In addition, Pieta has also contributed an unreleased song "King Of My Heart", produced by Don Was (an out-take from her Shimmer EP) to the Think Out Loud benefit compilation set for release on September 2. Think Out Loud's goal is to raise awareness of and funds to fight homelessness in Minnesota by creating an amazing album of Midwestern music and donating 100% of the proceeds to those in need. More information on the project & mission is available at thinktwincities.com.
MARCH 2010: Big Public Thanks To Our Friends At Mountain Stage For Featuring 10 Rosebud Artists In The Past Year Alone
A big Thank You to Mountain Stage (and Andy Ridenour), broadcast on over 170 NPR stations, for featuring ten Rosebud Artists since March 2009. Currently, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's 2010 performance will be featured beginning April 30, 2010. Loudon Wainwright III and Pieta Brown will both be featured on an episode premiering May 14, 2010.
In 2009, Mountain Stage featured performances by Marcia Ball (10/2/09), Mavis Staples (8/7/09), Duke Robillard (7/24/09), Ruthie Foster (7/10/09), John Hammond twice (5/22/09 + 3/20/09), David Lindley (3/20/09) and Carrie Rodriguez (3/6/09). Over the years, the show has also featured performances by fellow Rosebud artists The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Charlie Musselwhite, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Bettye LaVette and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars.
We truly appreciate the exceptional support for Rosebud artists as well as our ongoing relationship with such a top quality program. Visit the show's archives to listen to some of these past performances.
Mountain Stage Archives >>
NPR MUSIC: Mountain Stage >>
Check out all of these artists on a stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>
MARCH 2010: Pieta Brown To Release New Album One and All April 6, 2010
Pieta Brown will release her new album, One and All, on April 6, 2010. This CD is the full-length follow-up to her Americana-charting EP Shimmer produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan and many more). Pieta combines Americana, indie-rock and raw folk, employing guitars, keyboards, and pedal steel. She brings her bittersweet songs to life with an all-star cast of musicians that includes Joey Burns (Calexico), Brian Wilkie (Alison Krauss) and frequent collaborator Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown).
Pieta will be performing on NPR's Mountain Stage on March 21 for forthcoming broadcast, alongside fellow Rosebud Artist Loudon Wainwright III as well as Patty Loveless and The Grascals. Pieta will then be supporting all of Mark Knopfler's North American dates on the Get Lucky tour beginning April 8 in Seattle and ending May 9 in Albany, NY - please check out Pieta's Tour Dates >>
JANUARY 2010: Pieta Brown To Support Mark Knopfler On Spring Tour - Her New CD Out April 6
Pieta Brown will be supporting all of Mark Knopfler's North American dates on the Get Lucky tour taking place this Spring. The tour begins in April 8 in Seattle and will end in May 9 in Albany, NY - check out all the dates here. Pieta's new CD , One and All, will be released on Red House Records April 6, 2010, directly preceding the tour. The CD features a full band with guests including Joey Burns of Calexico. To check out all Pieta's upcoming live shows, both with Mark Knopfler and solo, please see Tour Dates >>
NOVEMBER 2009: Pieta Brown's "You're My Lover Now" To Be Featured On KCRW Wednesday 11/4/09
Pieta Brown's "You're My Lover Now" will be the featured KCRW Today's Top Tune on Wednesday 11/4/09. The song will be available for download and podcast on the KCRW website. "You're My Lover Now" closes Pieta's new album Shimmer (out 11/10/09), which was produced by Don Was (Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Rolling Stones). Don Was calls Pieta "a great singer/songwriter who possesses major star power magnetism." His vision was to record Pieta with her songs and voice, "unadorned" and full center. Catch Pieta on tour throughout 2009 and into 2010 - please see Tour Dates >>
SEPTEMBER 2009: Pieta Brown To Release Shimmer on November 10, 2009
Pieta Brown will release her new CD Shimmer on November 10, 2009. The CD was produced by Don Was (Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Rolling Stones) and features seven stripped-down original tracks with Pieta on guitar/vocals, Bo Ramsey on electric guitar and Don Was on bass. Don Was calls Pieta "a great singer/songwriter who possesses major star power magnetism." His vision was to record Pieta with her songs and voice, "unadorned" and full center. Recorded live and mixed as it went down, Shimmer is the enchanting result. The recording will be released on Red House Records, Pieta's first CD on the independent Grammy-winning Americana/roots label. Catch Pieta on tour throughout 2009 and into 2010.