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Pieta Brown to perform at NYMRCC tonight (Saturday)

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Country/folk/blues/rock songstress Pieta Brown will be at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Saturday, March 6 with Bo Ramsey.

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The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Brown will be touring with Mark Knopfler this spring. She comes straight out of the heartland. The daughter of two preachers' kids, her early upbringing in Iowa was in a rural outpost with no furnace or running water. There, she was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father, Greg Brown (Greg played the Cultural Center in its early years).

Later, while living with her mother in Alabama during her formative years, Pieta drew on and expanded these influences and began writing poetry and composing instrumental songs on piano. By the time she left home at 18, Pieta had lived in at least 17 different houses and apartments between Iowa and Alabama. Staying true to the disjointed lifestyle of her childhood she wandered from the West Coast to the East. Each locale left its mark on her, accounting for an artist who brings together the unvarnished humility of Loretta Lynn, the honest modern rock punch of P.J. Harvey, the hipster swagger and poetry of Cat Power, and the airy sophistication of Feist. And, coloring it all, a deep abiding saturation in folk and blues that's beyond her years.

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