Get ready to love Chastity Brown. She will put a spell on you. Sweet as molasses and woodsmoke, clear and burning as summer sun, Chastity Brown casts magic. Her voice brings you to the crossroads with every turn, warms, comforts and challenges you. She is the inheritor of Leadbelly, Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt and Roberta Flack. She is past present and future. She is fire, earth, air and water. She is a natural.
Throw all the genres and hyphenates together you want to describe her gospel, roots and soul, jazz, blues and country and they are all right, and also not enough. Chastity channels songs that are borne deep in the American bone, the hunger, desperation and confidence that runs through our times. Coming from Tennessee to Minnesota, touring the country, she has had half her own lifetime and million lifetimes gone before to concoct her powerful sound. Ignite it all with love, and the rest is rapture.
That rapture and all the touring have paid off. A one-song offer with Executive Producer Fred Cannon turned into studio sessions which lead to a full record deal with the Nashville, Tennessee label Creative and Dreams Music Network, produced by Paul Buono. Chastity says that Buono has a wild imagination and a great ear for song arrangement, notes that with the work of Paul and the wisdom and foresight of Fred, they really pushed me to my best. After a year of travel, recording late into the night and intensive collaboration, here is that record Back Road Highways.
Recorded primarily at the venerable Helsinki South studios in Nashville, Chastity returns to a return to Southern warmth with a roster of heavyweight studio musicians backing her up. Among them, bass player Anton Nesbit has credits such as Mavis Staples and BeBe & CeCe Winans to his name and organist Blair Masters has performed with Garth Brooks. Also on Back Road Highways is guitarist Robert Mulrennan of No Bird Sing, who plays with Chastity in her live band.
Back Road Highways is the best yet from Chastity. Opening with the slow, pulsing insistence of HOUSE BEEN BURNIN, a cry out for our needs, she follows it up with the rocking blues of WHEN WE GET THERE and the plaintive, moving roots of SOLELY. Chastity turns it all around and brings out the joys and sorrows of love with the enormous, pleading, SAY IT balanced with the sweetly ecstatic AFTER YOU. Throughout Back Road Highways, Chastity sings it all out, gives us all a reason to keep on going one more day.
A talent like this does not appear overnight. It takes travel, it takes guts. It takes chance, work and luck. It takes love.
All songs written by Chastity Brown for Creative and Dreams Music Network Publishing and Chastity Brown Music Publishing BMI
House Been Burnin - co-written with Paul Buono Creative and Dreams Music Network Publishing, Chastity Brown Music Publishing, Pollen Days Publishing , BMI.
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