12 QUESTIONS WITH PIETA BROWN

Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
Started playing shows regularly 8 years ago. I’ve been hooked ever since.

What inspired you to start playing guitar?
A 1930′s Maybell archtop and a deep love connection with songs and music.

What was your first electric guitar?
A harmony rocket.

What are your top 5 favorite records?
I’ve got too many favorites for a top 5 list…but here’s a list of some albums I love that come right to mind…

- Muddy Waters: Folk Singer
- Neil Young: Comes A Time
- Sade: Lover’s Rock
- Percy Sledge: Take Time To Know Her
- The Pretenders: Learning To Crawl
- Bob Dylan: Time Out Of Mind
- Bo Ramsey: In The Weeds,
- Greg Brown: Over and Under
– Washington Phillips: I Am Born To Preach The Gospel
- Lucinda Williams: Happy Woman Blues
- Iris Dement: Lifeline
- Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin
- Van Morrison: Astral Weeks

(it’s hard to stop!)

What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
Playing my first show…I played it solo and was singing a few of my own songs and a couple of other people’s songs that I loved…it was in a small bar with a good crowd and so the music connected… performing my songs in public broke down such a huge wall for me…I will never forget that first wall tumbling down….

How did you hear about Reverend?
From Bo Ramsey.

What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
Flatroc.

What do you like about your Reverend guitar(s)?
It has it’s own sound! It works really well for me in open tuning.

What amps and pedals do you currently use?
1969 Fender Deluxe…”blackfaced” by David Allen and a Full Tone Supa-Trem pedal.

Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
Talking about gear with my husband.

Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
Let’s see…in a couple of sentences: Do a lot of listening. Play what comes naturally. Or…in three words: Rhythm and Blues.

Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
I just returned from opening shows for Mark Knopfler’s North American “Get Lucky” tour in support of the release of my album “One and All” (April/Red House Records). I will be mostly touring in the Midwest this summer with a play @ the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Also, was just asked to open for Mark Knopfler’s last show of his “Get Lucky” tour in Gredos, Spain on July 31st at the Festival Musico en la Naturaleza. The fall will include a run with John Prine and a tour of Austrailia…and I’ll always be trying to learn how to play guitar!