Greg Brown

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Folks roots singer-songwriter Greg Brown was raised in Iowa, the son of a Pentecostal preacher father and an English-teaching mom who played guitar. He was plucked up early into the music biz, played the folk scene in New York, worked in Portland and Los Angeles, but came back to the Midwest life, a blue collar working man who lost a piece of his thumb in a packing plant, and, from the sound of it, pieces of his heart all over.

His voice is an almost shockingly deep old river. His lyrics tend to fishing and backroads and fruit cellars, canned peaches, lost love, skinny days, as he puts it, and heavy nights.

The New Yorker says Greg Brown is where Johnny Cash meets Joni Mitchell. This hour On Point: musical son of Iowa, Greg Brown.


Greg Brown, singer-songwriter, his new album is "The Evening Call"

This program aired on July 4, 2007.


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