HearthPR: Kevin Brown's Beloved Country

We're very excited to be working with our good friend Kevin Brown again, this time to promote his brand new album The Beloved Country! In January of 2011, we helped promote his album, The County Primaries, and were delighted with the rave reviews we got, including Adam Sheets of No Depression who commented "The County Primaries is easily one of the best debut albums of 2010 and it reveals Brown as a singer-songwriter with an eye for detail, an ear for melody, and the perfect voice to tie it together." With The Beloved Country, Brown's extended his winning streak by writing more beautiful, thoughtful, and tastefully arranged songs, each steeped in the rough back-country sounds of Eastern Washington. As a veteran bluegrass DJ and festival producer, Brown knows acoustic roots music inside and out, and it's always a pleasure to watch someone with such great taste play with the tradition.

Kevin Brown - The Beloved Country

Singer-songwriter Kevin Brown makes his home in rural Northeastern Washington state, not far from the farms where two sets of great-grandparents settled a century ago. Living amidst the Ponderosa Pine forests and rivers that spill out of the Selkirk Mountains, it’s not surprising that Landscape and Place play an important part in Kevin’s songs. But the rich natural world of the surroundings is not just a backdrop; it also serves as a metaphor for exploring the landscapes of the heart and soul -- faith, family, love, the passage of time, and the interwoven fabric of earth and humanity. There are always more layers to explore in a well-crafted song.

Kevin released his debut album of originals, The County Primaries, in 2010 to quiet critical acclaim. No Depression called it “easily one of the best debut albums of 2010”. For a songwriter coming into a solo career in his late 40s, Brown’s debut album was surprisingly self-assured. To further complement the songs, Kevin solicited the artwork of internationally-acclaimed artist Katherine Nelson to do the original cover, a relationship which he has continued for his second album The Beloved Country which is being released in 2012. Kevin’s songs and Katherine’s charcoal drawings form a rich partnership which hearkens back to the days when album artwork played an important part in the unique personality of a music project.

For The Beloved Country, Kevin returns to the roots music that has always been his inspiration. His songs on the album paint a pastoral and slightly-out-of-reach reality “Where the names of the rivers run like music / and the names of the mountains roll like stones” (“The Beloved Country”). Kevin’s depth of lyricism is the cornerstone to creating a sense of place that few albums offer. “All I’m saying is I hear the sound of thunder, like a locomotive rolling through the rain,” sings Kevin in “Comfort.” “In the darkness of the night I often wonder / If comfort is not too far away / Comfort is not too far away.” Songs like “Desert Wind” and “I Wonder” combine Kevin’s folk sound with his old love of jazz instrumentals while “I Will Take it With Me When I Go” showcases his connection to bluegrass. Drawing from his many diverse influences, Kevin never loses sight of the core of the album: great song-crafting.

 

Here's a great video of Kevin's song "Comfort" for your viewing pleasure!

 

 

We fell in love with Kevin's album after we heard this track:

"I Will Take it With Me When I Go," Kevin Brown, The Beloved Country

 

And here's a great one, too!

"I Wonder," Kevin Brown, The Beloved Country

 

You can find both of Kevin's albums on his website  as well as on iTunes.

 

blog date 07/11/2012  | comments comments (0)