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Nov. 8: Singer/Songwriter Chastity Brown

Brown’s music is a mix of gospel, roots, soul, jazz, blues and country.

2014-11-10
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 10-27-2014

Mankato, Minn. - Tennessee-raised, Minnesota-based musician Chastity Brown and her band return from a recent tour of Europe to perform on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Ave., (Madison East Center) Mankato. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. with The Ericksons. Brown performs at 9:30 p.m.

The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Chastity Brown’s style is a beautiful mix of gospel, roots, soul, jazz, blues and country, and it could not work better. Chastity channels songs that are born deep in the American bone — the hunger, desperation and confidence that runs through our times. Sweet as molasses and wood smoke, clear and burning as the summer sun, Brown casts magic and will put a spell on you. Her voice brings you to the crossroads with every turn — warming, comforting and then challenging you.

Her track “After You” from her latest CD release, "Back-Road Highways," was featured in the BBC/HBO film, "Mary & Martha," starring Hilary Swank. Recently Brown opened for Leon Russell at City Winery in Chicago and performed on stage with Michael Kiwanuka while supporting him at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

With "Back-Road Highways," Chastity pushes her own natural talent even farther, to stunning effect. "Back-Road Highways," co-produced by Fred Cannon (who has worked with the likes of Prince, Queen and Stevie Wonder), was recorded at Paul Buono’s Helsinki South studios in Nashville, Tennessee with the support of her new label Creative and Dreams Music Network.

“The Wild”, the latest release by The Ericksons, was produced by renowned engineer Beau Sorenson (who has worked with artists like Field Report, Bob Mould, and Death Cab for Cutie). The CD builds on the duo’s previous acoustic folk arrangements and pulls in atmospheric elements like moaning electric guitars and pedal steel. It’s darker and deeper, and the new undertones help to further accentuate the sisters’ vocal strength.

Concert admission is $13 in advance and $15 day of show. Online purchase is available at mnsu.edu/music. Tickets are also available at the Performance Series Office, 202 Performing Arts or at Hooligans. For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549. 

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