Pieta Brown's own blend of folk, rock, country and blues has garnered numerous comparisons to musical forbearers like Rickie Lee Jones, Bobbie Gentry, and Bob Dylan. Lyrically and musically poetic, Brown's deceptive simplicity and seductive purity combine to create songs that meet somewhere between the Carter Family and Tom Waits.
The daughter of two preacher's kids, Brown spent her childhood in Iowa and Alabama amidst a bohemian and musical family. In her bare-bones Iowa upbringing Pieta was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her folk-singer father, Greg Brown . Later, while growing up in the deep south of Birmingham, Alabama with her full-time working mother, Pieta drew on and expanded these musical influences and began writing poetry and composing songs for piano.
Rambling, in her early 20s, Pieta Brown picked up a Maybell archtop guitar and honed her influences for what quickly became the songs on her eponymous first album. Since that self-released CD, Brown has collaborated and toured with highly respected guitarist and producer Bo Ramsey. In fact, Ramsey co-produced her 2005 national debut album In The Cool, which was universally acclaimed. It was named one of the years top 10 by several newspapers across the country (Kansas City, Little Rock and Chattanooga) and was chosen as one of the best CDs of 2005 by Amazon.com. Additionally it reached the Top 20 on the Americana Music Association radio chart and the Top 30 on the AAA radio chart.
Brown has recently started collaborations with indie band Calexico and is also currently working on her next album, due in 2007.