Midwestern folksinger Greg Brown returns to the Britt hillside after opening for Bruce Cockburn last year. This year, he's the headliner at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.
Brown's biography at his Web site www.gregbrown.org notes that he grew up in the Hacklebarney section of Iowa, where the Gospel and music are a way of life. His mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was a Holy Roller preacher.
From those roots, Brown started singing professionally at 18 in New York City, where he ran hootenannies for folksingers at Gerdes Folk City. His career has lasted more than 30 years, bouncing from Los Angeles and Las Vegas to coffeehouses in Iowa.
His recordings include, "Songs of Innocence and Experience," "One Big Town," "The Poet Game," "Further In," and "Slant 6 Mind." Recently, he has released a string of recordings of live shows from past decades, including "One Night," a re-release of an 1983 concert, "Yellow Dog," an August 2005 concert at the Peterson Auditorium in Ishpeming, Mich., released now to benefit Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve in the Upper Penninsula, and "Live from the Big Top," from the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, Wisc. He's been on "The Prairie Home Companion" radio show many a time, as well as "Mountain Stage."
His Web site has all the details of his radio appearances, complete song lists and reviews from his live shows, and even a trivia game.
Folk and blues musician John Hammond opens the show.
He's spent 40 years entertaining audiences around the world with his intense solo-acoustic blues. A Grammy Award winner and four time nominee, Hammond has recorded over 25 albums. His latest release, "Push Comes To Shove," features five original compositions, a collaboration with G Love, and a handful of personalized renderings of traditional blues numbers.
Tickets cost $38 for reserved seats, $24 for lawn seats and $14 for seats for children 12 and younger.