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July 11, 2014
MN Monthly highlights Chastity's 7/25 New Century Theatre show!
"She manages to evoke a timeless America, in which desolate country roads and teeming city streets occupy the same imaginative space and territory of the heart—she shares more than a hairstyle with a young Dylan. She’s also pretty much the definition of an up-and-comer: Brown is a charismatic star-in-the-making who feels as though she could go nova any time now."
June 30, 2014
*Fall UK + European Tour Dates Announced*
Tour kicks off in LONDON @ BUSH HALL on September 17!
"It’s no surprise that she’s gaining a passionate fan base, and the live experience is definitely where she’s at. Honest, raw and powerful – she’s a wonderful storyteller and beautiful human."
Stay tuned for new single release!
Sept. 17 Bush Hall - London, UK
Sept. 18 Exeter Phoenix - Exeter, UK
Sept. 19 Chapel Arts Centre - Bath, UK
Sept. 20 Victoria Hotel - Menai Bridge, UK
Sept. 21 The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club - Shipley, UK
Sept. 22 The Greystones - Sheffield, UK
Sept. 23 Band on the Wall - Manchester, UK
Sept. 24 The Atkinson - Southport, UK
Sept. 25 02 ABC 2 - No Mean City Americana Festival - Glasgow, UK
Sept. 26 Village Hall - Abington, UK
Sept. 27 The Cluny 2 - Newcastle, UK
Sept. 30 Cultuurhuis Heerlen - Heerlen, NL
Oct. 03 Listwaar - Oud-Heverlee, Belgium
Oct. 04 In The Woods - Lage Vuursche, NL
Oct. 05 Lux - Nijmegen, NL
Oct. 07 Blue Room Sessions - VD's Hertogenbosch, NL
Oct. 08 Burgerweeshuis - Deventer, NL
Oct. 10 Nix En Meer - Enschede, NL
Oct. 11 Het Huis VerLoren - Hoorn, NL
Oct. 13 Muziekgebouw - Eindhoven, NL
Oct. 15 HANSA 48 - Kiel, Germany
Oct. 16 HANSA 48 - Kiel, Germany
May 14, 2014
Chastity and the guys to play Artsplosure Festival in Raleigh, NC on May 18!
Tift Merrit & Alejandro Escovedo headline
"Minneapolis singer CHASTITY BROWN is the day's point of real intrigue: With a loamy voice and lucid lyrics, Brown suggests a collaboration between Van Morrison and Roberta Flack, backed by a crack team of young musicians steeped in both the blues and hip-hop."
They'll also play two intimate shows in Tennessee along the way:
May 15 @ Preservation Pub (Speakeasy), Knoxville, TN
May 16 @ Jen Rock House Show, Johnson City TN
May 8, 2014
Catch Chastity w/ The Ericksons & Molly Maher in WI + MN!
June 6th @ The Root Note, La Crosse, WI
June 7th @ Ed's No Name Bar, Winona, MN
June 8th @ Icehouse, Minneapolis, MN
June 9th @ High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
Feb 28, 2014
Limited number of VIP/presale packages available for 7/25 New Century Sessions in Mpls
Chastity to perform an intimate set and share her songwriting process!
New Century Theatre - Friday, July 25 @ 7:30pm - Tickets
A limited number of VIP Packages are available and include premium seating, two complimentary drinks, a pre-show Meet & Greet with Chastity Brown, a signed CD and a New Century Sessions poster. Meet & Greet begins at 6:15pm in the theatre.
Jan 31, 2014
Just released: The band's Lowertown Line episode!
Jan 23, 2014
Chastity and the guys' cover of "Saving Grace" part of new Dylan tribute project!
Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One /// Out March 25th on @atorecords
Built to Spill, Deer Tick, Longhorne Slim, Lucius, Glen Hansard, & more
Jan 22, 2014
Save the date!
Dec 21, 2013
Chastity is featured in the Jan/Feb print issue of Curve Magazine!
"Her easygoing nature shines in the music of Back-Road Highways, which combines two of the genres that acted as a soundtrack to Brown's upbringing: Americana and Soul."
Nov 21, 2013
Just released - Chastity's City Sessions from London!
Oct 29, 2013
Minnesota Public Radio Presents: Gulliver Unravels: Kevin Kling & Chastity Brown
Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30, 8:00pm
& Sunday, Dec. 1st, 2:00pm, The Fitzgerald Theater - Tickets
Storyteller Kevin Kling and singer/songwriter Chastity Brown have come together for a show that takes a twist from the classic tale of Gulliver’s Travels. The setting begins in a northern Minnesota bar where the Irish influenced Chastity Brown band is playing and Kevin meets up with a man who enjoys strong drink. Kevin soon discovers that the man is named Gulliver and his brilliant banter oddly resembles the outrageous adventures from the famous 18thcentury Jonathan Swift novel. Kevin goes along for the ride meeting up with many characters and calamities that of course includes a bar fight. The show is a trip to strange lands with great music where complete foolishness turns into heartfelt inspiration. Travels from home and back again serve the Thanksgiving weekend well with this 3 performances only production.
Oct 24, 2013
"Slow Time" included in Cities 97 Sampler Volume 25!
"We're excited to announce that Chastity Brown will join Amos Lee, Walk Off The Earth, Tegan and Sara, ZZ Ward, Lissie, and many more on Cities 97 Sampler Volume 25!"
Oct 23, 2013
Photos from Chastity's Lowertown Line episode shoot!
Chastity Brown and band performed on Lowertown Line with host Dessa, live in Twin Cities Public Television's Studio A on October 22. Stay tuned for the show's air date.
The burgeoning new Twin Cities Public Television series The Lowertown Line
is gaining speed. With MN Original's creative fingerprints all over it, the show takes an up-close look at the artists it has featured so far- Trampled by Turtles
and Brother Ali
- and gives them a one-of-a-kind performance space to boot. Thanks to everyone who came out and welcomed Chastity and deVon home from Europe by joining the in-studio audience for this intimate live show and taping!
Oct 1, 2013
"After You" included on 89.3's Live Current Volume 9!
Chastity's studio version of "After You" is included along with tracks from Alabama Shakes, JD McPherson, Dawes, Michael Kiwanuka and more!
Sep 23, 2013
Two reviews up of Chastity's gig in Newcastle at the Live Theatre
"This was a really, really memorable concert and it’s been difficult not to go overboard with hyperbole because Chastity Brown is the ‘real deal’ and appears to be a raw, young talent on the verge of breaking out..." -Alan Harrison, No Depression
"Chastity was exceptional...“Every story is valid” she said. Every song had a story to tell, and in the pauses between them she told her own story. First guitar at 15; mother worked fingers to the bone; men with guns; and why she called her current album Backwards Highways
(buy it, find out)...from within that calm exterior a voice of power came out punching."
photo by Alan Harrison
Sep 20, 2013
Review up of Chastity's 9/19 show in Glasgow at Glasswerk Magazine
"Chastity Brown brought her UK tour north last night, playing her first show in Glasgow, and leaving a sold out crowd in awe of her wonderfully smoky and sweet soul voice."
Sep 19, 2013
Listen to an interview with Chastity on the BBC!
Sep 10, 2013
Just Announced: CMJ Showcase on Tuesday, October 15!
July 18, 2013
Paste Magazine - 12 Minnesota Bands You Should Listen to Now!
"Chastity Brown traveled down to Nashville to record her latest album Back-Road Highways
, rooted in all kinds of American music. With four albums now under her belt, Brown (who plays guitar, piano, banjo and saxophone) has made a name for herself in Europe, where she’s touring again this fall."
July 16, 2013
Just Announced: "I Left Home" UK + European Tour
Sept. 11 Green Note - London, UK - SOLD OUT
Sept. 12 Green Note - London, UK - SOLD OUT
Sept. 13 The Globe Hotel - Topsham, UK - SOLD OUT
Sept. 14 Miss Peapods - Penryn, UK
Sept. 15 No. 8 Cafe - Launceston, UK - SOLD OUT
Sept. 16 St. Ives Festival - Corwall, UK - SOLD OUT
Sept. 17 Seven - Leeds, UK
Sept. 18 The Wee Gig - Abington, UK
Sept. 19 Woodend B&T Club - Glasgow, UK - SOLD OUT
Sept. 20 The Live Theatre - Newcastle, UK
Sept. 21 Southport Festival of Americana - Southport, UK
Sept. 22 Chapel Arts Centre - Bath, UK
Sept. 23 The Prince Albert - Brighton, UK
Sept. 24 The Forge @ The Anvil - Basingstoke, UK
Sept. 27 Toogenblik - Brussels, Belgium
Sept. 29 Cambrinus - Horst, Netherlands
Sept. 30 Nix - Enschede, Netherlands
Oct. 2 Hansa 48 - Kiel, Germany
Oct. 4 De Amer - Amen, Netherlands
Oct. 5 Red Shoe Sessions - Nijmegen, Netherlands
Oct. 7 Radio Rijnmond, Live uit Lloyd - Rotterdam, NL
Oct. 8 Q-bus - Leiden, Netherlands
Oct. 9 Moments Club - Nordwest Radio, Bremen, Germany
Oct. 10 Music Star - Norderstedt, Germany
Oct. 12 Hansa 48 - Kiel, Germany
July 14, 2013
Back-Road Highways to be released in the UK on July 15!
Stay tuned for UK + European tour dates
"Based in Minneapolis, Brown is a singer-songwriter whose music is steeped in gospel and soul, country and blues. A multi-instrumentalist — guitar, piano, banjo, saxophone — she writes songs full of detail and character, songs that are never in a hurry, songs dealing with promises and dis-appointments, songs where steel guitars and harmonicas caress her throaty voice, songs that hang in your head long after they have finished. I would have called Back-Road Highways the finest debut album of recent times, but, speaking to Brown, she admits it’s album number four. Brown’s songs are populated with people struggling, trying to move on, hoping for better luck. In a sense, I suggest, they reflect a disaffected heartland USA. Both her songs’ subject matter and her blending of American roots music recall Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Lucinda Williams." -Garth Cartwright, The Sunday Times
"I am of the impression she is only scratching the surface of what she is capable of and what she is on her way to achieve...There are singers, there are songwriters and there are musicians. Chastity Brown is an artist, and one who is about to stake her claim in the UK. She is very welcome." -Simon Redley, Blues & Soul Magazine
May 28, 2013
ROCK THE GARDEN After Party w/ Michael Kiwanuka & Chastity Brown!
If you got shut out of Rock the Garden this year... or if you're going to Rock the Garden and want to keep the music flowing, 89.3 The Current is having their first-ever Rock the Garden After Party this year at First Avenue, with Michael Kiwanuka, Chastity Brown and DJ Jake Rudh.
June 15, 2013
Doors: 9:00 p.m.
Music: 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 MPR/Walker Art Members $15 non-members
Pre-sale tickets will be available for MPR and Walker Art Center Members on Thursday at noon for $10. If tickets do not sell out to members, tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, May 31st at noon for $15.
April 19, 2013
Chastity's debut Daytrotter Session has been posted!
She's joined by Adam Wozniak (Dark Dark Dark) on bass & Luke Enyeart on guitar.
"This is Brown's home away from home, this place where you're inundated with your weariness and your ghosts, or your loves."
Chastity's song "After You" is featured in the new BBC/HBO film, "Mary & Martha"
The film stars Hilary Swank and airs March 1 on BBC One in the UK and April 20 on HBO!
Chastity makes the cover of Lavendar Magazine!
Review: The Current's Birthday Party at First Avenue!
"Chastity Brown, meanwhile, had little trouble attracting the attention of the room, and was earning heated whoops and hollers before her band even came in behind her on her first song, “I Left Home.” Brown is such a fiery and wrenching vocalist that she could have probably held the sold-out crowd rapt with just an acoustic guitar, but her band (and especially electric guitarist Robert Mulrennan) added smoldering textures to her songs and kept the energy riding high. Brown mostly stuck to live favorites like “Man and Gun,” “On the Banks,” and the Current-spun “After You,” and tossed in a surprise cover of Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy” that had the ladies of the Chalice scrambling up to the front of the crowd to sway and sing along." -Andrea Swensson
Coming in at #71 and keeping some mighty fine company:
68. tune-yArDs - "My Country"
69. Aimee Mann - "Charmer"
70. Alabama Shakes - "I Ain't The Same"
71. Chastity Brown - "After You"
72. Polica - "Amongster"
73. Field Report - "I Am Not Waiting Anymore"
74. Punch Brothers - "Movement And Location"
75. Father John Misty - "Nancy From Now On"
89.3 The Current
picks Back-Road Highways
as one of the Best Minnesota Releases of 2012
The Star Tribune's
Jon Bream ranks Back-Road Highways
as Top Ten Local Album of 2012!
picked as Top Ten Minnesota Album of 2012
by City Pages!
Reed Fischer lists Chastity Brown in Top Five Minnesota Live Acts of 2012!
November 28, 2012
89.3 The Current has a live recording of the band's Soundbite Concert from earlier this month!
SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
American Songwriter on Chastity's set at the Americana Music Festival--
"Saturday night brought a performance from another young performer who claims Raitt as an influence: Chastity Brown. She presented herself as a singer-songwriter, making a point to say that her hypnotic, down-home chant “House Been Burnin’” was the only song she’d entrusted to a co-writer. But she also brought fresh neo-soul sensibilities and gospel undertones to the Americana table. Brown’s singing never took a backseat, and, at certain moments, the timbre of it—breathy and full-bodied at once—along with her rhythmically relaxed phrasing and fluttering vibrato recalled Lauryn Hill. And it felt really right that those sorts of R&B threads fit so naturally into Brown’s take on roots." -Jewly Hight, American Songwriter
SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
Chastity's showcase picked as one of the top 10 moments at the Americana Festival!
"On the final night of the festival, I decided to only see bands I’d never seen before. As it turns out, my favorite song I heard all weekend was from Brown, a Tennessee native who now lives in the Twin Cities. With an addictive banjo riff and a slow-burn voice, her tune “After You” knocked me out during her showcase at the Basement. She’s definitely a songwriter and performer to watch. —Craig Shelburne, CMT.com
SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
Chastity to perform for "Garrison Kiellor, Coming Home" on September 20!
Featuring Keillor and some of the Twin Cities' top performers!
Tickets can be purchased at the door, on-line (click here) or by calling the Box Office
AUGUST 28, 2012
Stream Chastity's set from the Minnesota State Fair on 89.3 The Current's website-
"Local singer-songwriter Chastity Brown's blending of folk, soul, roots and rock music has created a unique and new sound for the Twin Cities. The talented musician performed in The Current studios earlier this year and headlined our very first Local Current Live! event. Chastity swung by the Minnesota Public Radio booth at the State Fair to chat with Mary Lucia and perform for fans." Stream it here.
AUGUST 11, 2012
Chastity featured on front page of Duluth News Tribune-
with a review of her perfomance at the Bayfront Blues Festival:
"Brown played harmonica, banjo, and guitar. She started out tapping her feet and moved to full-fledged stomps. By the end of her set, Brown had the audience clapping and dancing. There's a difference between standing up to move on to the next show and a standing ovation: Brown got the latter and agreed to an encore."
JULY 9, 2012
Chastity gets some Canadian ink in The Globe and Mail!
"Chastity Brown is not a blaxploitation film, but rather a mesmerizing Minnesota-based singer-songwriter whose softly powerful song is about gonna-come changes. If politicians were truly empathetic, this would be their type of campaign song." -Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail
JULY 5, 2012
Chastity is featured on NPR today as a "A Promising New Voice"!
"This soulful songwriter has been gigging around the Twin Cities for a couple of years. Her new album Back-Road Highways shows why she deserves a national audience. Watch Brown perform the uplifting "After You" live at The Current." To read the full feature, click here.
MAY 17, 2012
Cake-in-15 reviews Chastity's show at the Aster in Minneapolis!
"Chastity has that kind of power. She slides in between songs, calling them out to her band as she goes, and her voice is as singular as a birdsong in a desert. She covers Gillian Welch
’s “Look At Miss Ohio
” and glides seamlessly into tracks from her recent Back-Roads Highways. In some ways, this most recent album—and subsequent performances—seem like a return to the roots for Chastity. The blues come naturally for her, they infiltrate her set without her even knowing it, because just as I stopped taking notes, Chastity stopped monitoring herself. She lets herself go in a performance, allows herself to feel every word she’s singing—and that’s what is possibly the most beautiful and striking part of her show. Looking around at the audience, pin-drop silent, lost in the unified tapping foots and bobbing heads and in-seat jiving, it’s obvious that Chastity Brown has the power to evoke some incredible, buried emotion in people—something distinctly American, something truly painful and glorious at the same time."
APRIL 19, 2012
City Pages Awards Chastity Brown Minneapolis' Best Folk Artist!
"Putting Chastity Brown in a single musical category doesn't do justice to the artist's unnerving capabilities, but at least the platform of folk is broad enough to hold her. With three full-length albums already under her belt and another just released (Back-Road Highways, produced and engineered by the revered Nashville-based record label C & D Music Network), Brown — a Tennessee transplant with her own brand of southern sultriness — brings something unique to the Twin Cities music scene. Her music is forged through an intelligent commitment of soul, blues, and roots influences, each discernible in individual tracks, but what gives Brown her strength and elevates her far above her peers is the palpable emotion she invests in her songs and performances. Brown is not just a folk artist, she is a poet, one who pours every ounce of her life and feeling into her music, one who is impossible to ignore. Her past, her struggles, and her wisdom are scattered throughout her storyteller's songs, folded into lyrics sung in her dark honeyed voice. Chastity Brown is far from easy-listening. Hers is not the record you put on in the background, it is the record you hear once and never forget, and it is that soul, that brute-force emotion, that separates her from the pack."
Chastity featured in the Twin Cities Onion/A.V. Club!
"Attempting to succinctly categorize local songstress Chasity Brown’s boldly style-blurring tunes invariably challenges any music critic, and is likely to leave them either tongue-tied or spouting off invented-on-the-spot subgenre nonsense. (“It’s sort of R&Bluegrass music, kind of an alt-soultry thing going on.”) The simple truth is that pigeonholing Brown’s wide-ranging and joyously eclectic tunes is a fool’s errand, and it sort of misses the point. Recorded in her native Tennessee, Back-Road Highways, Brown’s fourth album, manages to confidently marry the sounds that made both Memphis and Nashville landmark music cities. Even on Brown’s glossiest countrypolitan tunes, her voice aches with raw emotion, while her forays into gospel and blues possess a surprisingly accessible melodic sensibility. The end result is the best of both worlds."
- Rob Van Alstyne, The Onion