This show coincides with the recent release of Pieta Brown's seven-song EP, Shimmer, which is significant for several reasons. For one, it's her debut on St. Paul's Red House Records, the longtime home of her father, the estimable Greg Brown, and, in fact, the namesake of the actual red house she lived in as a child. Second, Shimmer's spare but evocative sound is thanks to veteran producer Don Was, who has worked with a slew of heavyweights on the order of the Stones and Bob Dylan. The story goes that Was heard Brown doing a live solo shot on an L.A. radio station, and was immediately smitten by her voice and material. That's what's out-front on the EP, Brown's intimate drawl stopping just short of plaintive while a strong, seductive undertow lures with subtle intensity. The minimal but adeptly focused accompaniment is limited to Brown's acoustic guitar, Was's string bass, and sculptural electric guitar from Bo Ramsey (essentially the Brown family's official guitarist). Pieta's songs, meanwhile, tend toward an impressionistic alt-country/folk mix, sepia-toned images fleshed out with judiciously poetic language. With Jason Shannon.
Sat., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., 2009