CD Review: Greg Brown’s Dream City


Editor’s Note: This is a review from Red House Records of Greg Brown’s latest CD compilation Dream City. Greg Brown will appear with sideman Bo Ramsey near Harrisburg on December   5th,2010.  Garnet Rogers opens and will join Greg and Bo on stage for selected numbers. More information at

E s s e n t i a l R e c o r d i n g s:  Vo l 2 , 1 9 9 7 – 2 0 0 6 (RHR-CD-218)

 “Exquisite…one of America’s best songwriters”- Relix

“There are not many problems that a Greg Brown song can’t fix.”- Jack Johnson

“Brown is to this country what Richard Thompson is to Britain: its most essential modern troubadour.”

– Boston Globe

Continuing where the first Essential Recordings (If I Had Known, 2003) left off, this second volume includes Greg’s recent material, starting with his 1997 Grammy-nominated album Slant 6 Mind, continuing through to his latest studio album The Evening Call, named the #2 Americana album of 2006 by Mojo Magazine.

Leading off is the title track “Dream City,” taken from Greg’s best-selling album Covenant. The driving guitar sounds of Greg’s regular sideman and producer Bo Ramsey set the tone for the first disc which highlights this period of their 2-decade musical partnership. Ranging from edgier electric songs (“The Evening Call,” “Living in a Prayer,” “Kokomo”) to bittersweet ballads (“Rexroth’s Daughter,” “Vivid,” “Joy Tears”), the album appeals to fans of Americana, blues, roots rock and even traditional folk. With his unique take on the gospel song “Samson” and dark Appalachian-inspired songs like “Lull It By” and “Mattie Price,” Greg’s most recent period has included some traditional sounding material that showcases his rich baritone and fine banjo and guitar picking skills.

The 2-disc album includes some of the highlights of his recent recordings, with material from his best-selling Red House albums, his two Trailer Records releases as well as some previously unreleased songs and live tracks.

As an added bonus to these Greg Brown favorites, the second disc includes three unreleased studio tracks recorded with fellow Red House artist Peter Ostroushko in 2001 — “Gallery,” “Verona Road” and an alternate take of “Lull It By.” The final track is the improvised “Christmas Song,” recorded live in Denver in 2006. Sure to be a fan favorite, it captures the spontaneous energy that Greg and Bo have together on stage.

After 40 years of performing, Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey continue to tour North America and Europe, playing theaters, festivals and the occasional Iowa farm. For his full tour schedule, please visit

The new 2-CD collection including previously unreleased material and live tracks!


Publicity Contact: Ellen Stanley • • (651) 644-4161


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