Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Press Release: Chastity Brown


Check out a review of Chastity's album

Minnesota based musician Chastity Brown returns to the UK this September for a live tour kicking off at London’s Bush Hall on September 17th, 2014.

Her 2013 album, ‘Back-Road Highways’ gained huge critical acclaim (Independent 4*/Sunday Times Culture feature/Maverick 5*, 4*The Daily Mirror), and was a favorite amongst reviewers’ Top 10 end of year lists. The album’s lead track, ‘After You’ was featured in the BBC/HBO film, "Mary & Martha" starring Hilary Swank, and Chastity was also invited to duet with Michael Kiwanuka whilst supporting him at First Ave in Minneapolis.

Chastity’s style is a beautiful mix of Gospel, Roots & Soul, Jazz, Blues & Country, and it couldn’t 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 woodsmoke, clear and burning as summer sun, Chastity Brown casts magic. Her voice brings you to the crossroads with every turn, warms, comforts and challenges you. She is the inheritor of Leadbelly, Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt and Roberta Flack.

Chastity, whose mother grew up in a large Irish family in Boston, and whose father was an African-American jazz/blues musician, was born in the north-easterly state of New Hampshire, and moved down to Union City in Tennessee when she was seven years old. Growing up near Memphis, just an earshot away from Appalachia, Chastity was influenced by Roots music from an early age. When she first began writing music she struggled with this influence as she was not exposed to many Soul musicians writing Folk music. Growing up in a full Gospel church was where Chastity found hervoice and passion.

‘Learning about Leadbelly’s influence on Woody Guthrie opened up a whole new world to
me, prior to this knowledge I felt alone in the music I was creating. I did not know how to
reconcile my storytelling impulse with my Soul-inflected vocal upbringing’

Chastity pulls from a diverse cross-section of talent for her live shows, playing with guitarist Robert Mulrennan, percussionist Greg Schutte, keyboardist deVon Gray (Heiruspecs) and bass player Jef Sundquist (Hildur Victoria), resulting in restless, electrifying and completely enveloping performances that never want to stop and linger long after the last note has quieted. A talent like this doesn’t appear overnight. It takes travel, it takes guts. It takes chance, work and luck. It takes love. Get ready to love Chastity Brown.



Wednesday 17th September 2014

Bush Hall – London
www.bushhallmusic.co.uk / 020 8222 6955

Thursday 18th September 2014
Exeter Phoenix – Exeter
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk / 01392 667080

Friday 19th September 2014
Chapel Arts Centre – Bath
www.chapelarts.org / 01225 461700

Saturday 20th September 2014
Victoria Hotel – Menai Bridge
www.vicmenai.com / 01248 712309

Sunday 21st September 2014
The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club – Shipley
www.theliveroom.info / 01274 594021

Monday 22nd September 2014
The Greystones – Sheffield
www.mygreystones.co.uk / 0114 266 5599

Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Band On The Wall – Manchester
www.bandonthewall.org / 0161 834 1786

Wednesday 24th September 2014
The Atkinson – Southport
www.theatkinson.co.uk / 01704 533333

Thursday 25th September 2014
O2 ABC 2 – Glasgow
www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk / 0844 477 2000

Friday 26th September 2014

Crawford Village Hall – Crawford
07966 243587

Saturday 27th September 2014
Cluny 2 - Newcastle
www.thecluny.com / 0191 230 4474

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