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July 19, 2013
doors open at 7:30pm
Chastity Brown and Barbara Jean Pair Up for Twice the Music
Barbara Jean grew up immersed in a world of music, having inherited a musical legacy passed from grandmother to mother to daughter, honed to an ear for songwriting and the ability to skillfully play multiple instruments. Sweet as molasses and woodsmoke, clear and burning as summer sun, Chastity Brown is a banjo-playing soul singer. Together, they’ll sweep audiences away.
Barbara Jean plays banjo, fiddle and viola. Calling Minnesota’s North Shore home for the better part of the last decade, she crafted her debut record, “The Great Escape,” which brings together rich imagery from Lake Superior’s rugged banks, reflections on difficult choices poised in matters of the heart, and masterful musicianship. Her Midwestern roots run like a strong current throughout her sound
Throw all the genres and hyphenates together you want to describe Brown – gospel, roots and soul, jazz, blues and country – they are all right, and also not enough. Chastity channels songs that are borne deep in the American bone, the hunger, desperation and confidence that runs through our times. With her fourth full-length record, “Back-Road Highways,” Brown pushes her own natural talent even farther, to stunning effect.
The pair performed a series of live in-studio appearances a few months ago along the North Shore, and their musical partnership will continue to delight audiences.