This is Pieta Brown's third year playing FAIRfest and we couldn't be more delighted that her father is playing the festival as well, something we've been hoping would come together for three years. Pieta, who grew up in the hills of Iowa and in Birmingham, Alabama, started writing songs on an old piano when she was just eight years old. Some have described her distinct, languid, ethereal vocal delivery as a mix between Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and the Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins. But if you ask me, it's pure Pieta, straight up. She's taken her work to the Mexican border and New York City, and just about everywhere in between.
In 2005, she recorded In the Cool with Bo Ramsey (magical guitarist and producer who has worked in those capacities with Lucinda Williams and many others) in the co-producer's seat, where he has been ever since. The album reached far and wide and was played on Americana radio. Pieta released the acclaimed Remember the Sun in 2007. BY then she and Bo were no longer just musical partners, they were married.
Signing with the venerable modern folk music label Red House in 2009, her debut for the label, One & All, appeared in 2010, followed quickly by 2011's Mercury. Both were well-received not only by listeners but also by musicians. She opened for Mark Knopfler, Mavis Staples, J.J. Cale, Ani DiFranco, Calexico, and many others. In 2012, Pieta guested on Amos Lee's Mission Bell. She recorded her latest release Paradise Outlaw in late 2014 with Ramsey and a slew of guests including her father, Lee, and David Mansfield.