When: Sat., Oct. 15, 8 p.m. 2011
Pieta Brown cut her terrific new album, Mercury (Red House), in just three days, recording live in a one-room Nashville studio with her band. In some ways the resulting intimacy is nothing new: Brown has often sounded as if she were whispering her hazy melodies directly into your ear. And given that the songs on Mercury ruminate on various kinds of uncertainty—emotional, geographic, romantic—you'd expect her sensual voice to softly suggest rather than flatly declare. But what's new about this recording is that her pretty, shadowy voice fits so neatly with the airy lattice of sound created by her simpatico band—especially with the interplay between her longtime collaborator and husband, guitarist Bo Ramsey, and fellow guitarist Richard Bennett. Brown's songs blur the boundaries of humid rural blues and dusky folk rock, and she makes the things she doesn't say ring loudest. —Peter Margasak Nora O'Connor opens.