CHASTITY BROWN – Tickets – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC – July 26th, 2017

CHASTITY BROWN

Evening Muse and Oso Grande proudly present...

CHASTITY BROWN

Reuben Bidez

Wed, July 26, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Evening Muse

Charlotte, NC

$10.00 - $12.00

Chastity Brown
Chastity Brown
Now based in Minnesota but with roots in the Deep South, Chastity has the “ability to distill Southern blues and plaintive North Country prairie influences into expansive, alluring folk songs” (The Current). She is a powerful new voice with the ability to warm, comfort and challenge. She’s been hailed by NPR, CMT, American Songwriter, The London Times, and Paste Magazine as a songwriter to watch and has appeared on UK television on Later… with Jools Holland. Spending most of 2016 on the road with Ani DiFranco, Chastity is set to announce her first album on Red House Records for a May 19th 2017 release.
Chastity, whose mother grew up in a large Irish family in Boston and whose father was an African-American jazz/blues musician, was born in the north-easterly state of New Hampshire, and moved down to Union City in Tennessee when she was seven years old. Growing up near Memphis, she became transfixed by roots music from an early age.

As a woman of color, she’s as influenced by as many authors like James Baldwin and Octavia Butler as by musicians such as Van Morrison, Nina Simone or peers like Ray Lamontagne, and Sharon Van Etten.

When Chastity Brown sings, the wind takes a breath. Clouds hover. Waves flatten out and the lakes go still. Twitter stops updating. To listen to Chastity is to lose yourself completely in the sorrow, joy, yearning, and wonderment of a hopeful voice that never stops searching; a voice so enormous and evocative that it seeps down past your skin and bones and settles right down into your soul.While the rest of us scramble and do our best to stay centered in this hyperconnected, always-on world, Chastity seems to exist outside of it all, focusing her efforts on something greater: the quest for true emotional and human connection, and processing all of the overwhelming feelings that come from being fully present and completely alive.

How else to explain how, on her new album Silhouettes of Sirens, she can plumb the depths of sadness in a single note, then release it in the very next breath? How she can capture the utter despair of loneliness in a way that makes the listener feel so tethered and loved?

Like many masterful songwriters, Chastity has the ability to make her stories feel intensely personal yet open-ended; even in “Carried Away,” it’s hard to tell whether she’s singing about a romantic rift, an abusive friendship, or the havoc that anxiety and depression can wreak on an unguarded mind.

“I think it’s about different types of heartbreak, and how one deals with it,” Chastity says, reflecting on Silhouettes of Sirens. “And not the heartbreak of a coupled relationship; just living life, and these experiences that break your heart. There’s these moments on the album where it’s like, this is intense. And then hopefully, there’s moments where it’s alleviated — as I feel like life is. Life is hard. Every tree, every plant, everything you see in the natural world, just through a growth process, you see how hard it is to grow and bend towards the light.”

“These are not songs for the privileged or naive. They are songs for those whose knees have buckled by the reverence of being alive.” “My hope is like that of Alice Walker’s: ‘Where there are tears there will be dancing,’” she says.
Reuben Bidez
Reuben Bidez
When Reuben Bidez sings, he opens his heart and projects a vulnerability that draws you into his intimate portraits of lovers facing the pleasures and woes of romance. “I want to write songs that explore real emotions,” he says. “Songs that awaken people from their slumber of distraction and make them feel something.” On Turning to Wine, his first EP, he’s as good as his word. He delivers a collection of inviting melodies and insightful lyrics that illuminate the mysteries of the soul, with a vision informed by sorrow, uncertainty and the warmth of unconditional love. The songs are a record of the transitions he’s been going through since he moved to Nashville from Atlanta. “The record is a snapshot of the changes I’ve been experiencing in my marriage and my music, for the last two and a half years. They’re more honest and open than anything I’ve written before.”
Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
http://www.eveningmuse.com/