A journalist once said of Greg Brown's music, "it's fixed in American mythology, cars, wandering, loneliness,love, innocence and the loss of it." Brown says of his songwriting, "It's the heartbeat, the pulse, that's what I feel first, and then I work from there."
reg Brown's latest recording, "Evening Call," is already making waves in the industry. He's had a long career of writing songs about everything from fishing, families, farming and fortunate fathers. He and singer Iris DeMent were married in the past few years and make their home in southern Iowa.
He got his start in the business at 18 when he won a songwriting contest in Iowa -- where he still lives -- but he'd been listening to his parents and grandparents tell stories his entire life. You can hear the echoes of the Ozarks and Ireland and the heartland in his music.
Greg was a close friend of the late Bob Feldman, who started Red House Records largely with Greg's inspiration and support.
He appeared on MPR's The Morning Show, as well as Midmorning, in advance of a performance at 8 p.m. September 15 at the Fitzgerald Theater. The show is sold out.
You can listen to the interviews by selecting the link at the upper right.