It was in hotel rooms across the country that Pieta Brown wrote most of the songs on her gorgeous new album, ‘Postcards.’ Like any touring musician, she was on the road to survive, balancing the rewards of performing music for a living with the challenges of trying to stay connected to loved ones and other artists while in motion. So, when she was finally stationed at home, she decided to send out some postcards. These weren’t just any postcards, though, these were musical postcards, the stripped-down, acoustic shells of new songs she’d written while traveling, and she sent them to folks like Mark Knopfler, Mason Jennings, Carrie Rodriguez and The Pines, among others. Her instructions to each were simple: write back. “The postcards are about connecting and openness,” explains Pieta. “But, one of the sparks for this project was talking to so many musicians who are dealing with the way the music business has been shape-shifting lately. From people with very successful careers to more underground indie artists just trying to pay the bills, everyone seems to be dealing with this sense of ‘How do we do this?’ and looking for their own answers. I was hoping through experimenting with musical collaborations to keep the conversation going.”
Hailed as a “self-styled poetess, folk goddess and country waif” by the BBC, Pieta Brown first came to international attention with her 2002 self-titled debut. She’s since been recognized by NPR for her “moody, ethereal” songwriting, applauded by The Boston Globe for her “mercurial voice” and has continued to gain critical acclaim for both her singing and songwriting. Along the way she has shared stages with everyone from Emmylou Harris and JJ Cale to Neko Case and Richard Thompson. But even more importantly, to a fiercely independent artist like Pieta, she has received praise and support from her fellow artists and mentors: Justin Vernon, Amos Lee, producer Don Was, and film-maker Wim Wenders, to name but a few.
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