Greg Brown

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and Iowa treasure [His daughter Pieta Brown will also be performing Sunday at FAIRfest]

Greg Brown's mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was a Holy Roller preacher in the Hacklebarney section of Iowa, where the Gospel and music are a way of life. Brown's songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He has also recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, when he put aside his own songwriting to set poems of William Blake to music.

Rolling Stone's four-star review of his critically acclaimed 1996 release, Further In, called Brown "a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition." 1997's Slant 6 Mind (Red House Records) earned Brown his second Grammy nomination. His 2002 album, Going Driftless: An Artist’s Tribute to Greg Brown feature guest vocal performances by Ani DiFrancoGillian Welch, and Shawn Colvin.