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Pieta Brown

Mercury – 2011 (Red House)

Reviewed by Rick Bell

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The first thing you notice about Pieta Brown is her breathlessly charming folk-country vocals. Then comes the irresistible lyrics wrapped in simple, warm melodies performed by some of Nashville's best session guys. By the end of Brown's 13-song effort, it's obvious that she-and this album-is something special. Sometimes playful, other times alluring and occasionally pouty, Brown bounces from the emotive intimacy of I'm Gone to the dreamy, trippy world of Night All Day then to the mischievous Closing Time and her hopeful, anthemic I Don't Mind.

The fact that Brown made the album in a remodeled barn an hour outside Music City in just three days with the likes of guitarist Richard Bennett, bassist Glenn Worf, stringmaster David Mansfield with an assist from Mark Knopfler (who took Brown on tour in 2011) adds to its allure.

Friendly, welcoming, gracious and smartly performed. Isn't that all we really ask out of a performer?