Road Trip Music : Iowa
Brown has recorded more than two dozen albums, helped found Red House Records in Minnesota, seen a tribute album of his songs recorded -- which, to honor a friend, he asked be a benefit for breast cancer research -- and received critical recognition from The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and many other places. His music includes rock, folk, a hint of jazz now and then, gospel, and a lot of songwriting.
A good place to meet Brown’s gritty baritone and wide range of songs and melodies is Dream City - Essential Recordings Vol 2, 1997-2006. He opens with the title track, which rocks hard while maintaining an air of mystery. There are edgy electric songs including Living in a Prayer and Kokomo, bittersweet ballads including Rexroth’s Daughter, and a couple of traditional folk songs, too, including the gospel track Samson. It is a fine collection with which to make or renew the acquaintance of this heartland songwriter.
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This is part of The Great American Road Trip, in which I’m partnering up with A Traveler’s Library to add musical ideas to the book and film suggestions for journeys through the regions of the United States which you’ll find there. Stop by and see what the Library has in mind to inspire travels across Iowa.
For more about the road trip (and a look at some great road songs) see Great American Road Trip: Music begins