Greg Brown

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Descriptive "tags": garage rock indie garage punk garage rock punk lo-fi Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Iowa, USA. Greg Brown’s traditional folk songwriting is infused with a distinctive Midwestern sensibility. Growing up in a family obsessed by music, he began to play the pump organ when he was six, before picking up the guitar a few years later (he was taught by his mother). A series of concerts followed at local church venues, where his father was a preacher. Eventually he abandoned his classical aspirations after an accident at a meat-packing plant, when a co-worker accidentally cut off half of his left thumb, making classical playing an impossibility. At college in Iowa City, he encountered a folk-singer from New York called Eric Andersen. Brown won a contest to open at his Iowan concert date, and travelled to New York to meet the singer a few weeks after the show. He failed to find him, but instead he found a job at Gerde’s Folk City as the resident singer. However, after three or four years in New York he tired of the hand-to-mouth existence and...

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