Greg Brown

Greg Brown

born on 2/7/1949 in Fairfield, IA, United States

Greg Brown (folk musician)

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Greg Brown (folk musician)

Greg Brown (born Gregory Dane Brown July 2, 1949) is an American folk musician from Iowa.

Early life

Brown was born into a musical family, and his father was a Pentecostal minister.[1] Brown spent several years traveling with a band and before returning to Iowa, where he performed live and pursued his songwriting career.[2]


During the 1980s Brown toured and had recurring performances on A Prairie Home Companion.[2] Brown self-published two albums, 44 & 66 and The Iowa Waltz. A friend founded a record company called Red House Records and Brown became its first recording artist.[3] Brown has recorded two dozen albums. In 1986 he released an album called Songs of Innocence and of Experience based on poems by William Blake. His album One Big Town (1989) won an Indie Award from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors.[4]

The Poet Game, his 1994 CD, won a NAIRD Indie award, and Further In (1996) was praised by Rolling Stone magazine.[5] His 1997 album Slant 6 Mind was nominated for a Grammy.[4] In 1999 he re-released his live performance album, One Night, on Red House Records. His album Solid Heart CD was recorded in 1999 during a benefit concert. His 2002 album, Going Driftless: An Artists Tribute to Greg Brown feature guest vocal performances by Ani DiFranco, Gillian Welch, and Shawn Colvin. A recording of another benefit concert was recorded and released in 2007 under the name Yellow Dog on the EarthWorks Music label. In 2007, Brown was nominated for a Folk Alliance Award.[6]

Personal life

Brown married singer-songwriter Iris DeMent in November 2002. In 2005, Brown and his wife adopted a daughter from Russia.[2]


  • Hacklebarney (1974) (with Dick Pinney)
  • 44 & 66 (1980)
  • The Iowa Waltz (1981)
  • One Night (1983)
  • In the Dark with You (1985)
  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1986)
  • One More Goodnight Kiss (1988)
  • One Big Town (1989)
  • Down in There (1990)
  • Dream Café (1992)
  • Friend of Mine (1993) (with Bill Morrissey)
  • Bathtub Blues (1993)
  • The Poet Game (1994)
  • The Live One (1995)
  • Further In (1996)
  • Slant 6 Mind (1997)
  • Solid Heart (1999) (benefit CD)
  • Over and Under (2000)
  • Covenant (2000)
  • Down in the Valley: Barn Aid Benefit Concert (2001)
  • Milk of the Moon (2002)
  • Live at the Black Sheep (2003)
  • If I Had Known: Essential Recordings, 1980-96 (2003)
  • Honey in the Lion's Head (2004)
  • In the Hills of California (2004)
  • The Evening Call (2006)
  • Yellow Dog (2007)
  • Greg Brown: Live from the Big Top (2007)
  • Dream City: Essential Recordings, 1997-2006 (2009)
  • Freak Flag (2011)
  • Hymns to What is Left (2012)

Tribute albums

  • Songs of Greg Brown (Prudence Johnson) (1991)
  • Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown (Various artists) (2002)

Featured on

  • Hadestown (Anais Mitchell) (2010)


  1. Greg Brown Biography at
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Aspen Times News interview. Accessed on April 22, 2008.
  3. Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen (2002-11-24). Industry Profile: Bob Feldman. CelebrityAccess. Retrieved on 2006-04-08.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Greg Brown Tastes the Honey, Country Standard Time interview. Accessed December 5, 2008.
  5. Rolling Stone review of Further In. Accessed December 5, 2008.
  6. Folk Alliance Award nominees for 2007 at Accessed December 5, 2008.

External links

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