Greg Brown Iowa-raised singer-songwriter Greg Brown takes center stage with a set reflecting a career that dates back to 1974. We also hear a piano solo by Mountain Stage pianist Bob Thompson.

Greg Brown On Mountain Stage

Listen Now: Greg Brown In Concert

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Set List

  • "All of Those Things With My Baby"
  • "Living in the Past"
  • "Fat Boy Blues"
  • "New Home on the Range"
  • "Whippoorwill"
  • "Very Early" *

*featuring Bob Thompson and the Mountain Stage house band

Iowa-raised singer-songwriter Greg Brown came to music through jam sessions hosted at his family's house, and his recording career dates back to 1974. His latest album, Sin, Salvation and Saving Seeds, is a fundraiser for Seed Savers, a Decorah, Iowa, farm that raises heirloom seeds for share and trade. Brown contributes to the recording along with Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman, Bo Ramsey, Dave Moore and JT Bates. Also just released is Dream City: Essential recordings vol 2, 1997-2006, which features previously unreleased studio and live tracks, in addition to a retrospective collection of his earlier albums.

Brown's sense of humor shines through on "Fat Boy Blues," and he attributes his successes to "Living in the Past." He puts an Earth Day spin on a classic with "New Home on the Range" — "where," he sings, "we cherish the ground and the Wal-Mart shuts down."

Mountain Stage pianist Bob Thompson concludes the set with his rendition of the Bill Evans tune "Very Early."

This feature originally ran Jun. 24, 2009.