[Cover photo credit to Benton Brown]

Roots music artist Nora Brown’s third album, Long Time To Be Gone, is arriving this week via Jalopy Records. She will commemorate that with a performance this Friday, August 26th, 2022, at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY, the location where she recorded the album, with special guests Stephanie Coleman, Jackson Lynch, and Hannah Read.

Half of tickets sales from that concert will benefit St. Ann’s food bank with the other half donated to Appalshop’s flood relief efforts in Kentucky, where Brown has spent significant time learning local styles of music.

Brown explains about the album’s recording:

I recorded my last project in an underground tunnel, but this time we were working in a cavernous church, which allowed us to really experiment with all the sounds that different locations in the sanctuary and different mic configurations could produce. When you listen, you can hear the expanse of the space pretty clearly, which was really important to our approach on these recordings.

Nora Brown’s Kentucky mentors include Lee Sexton (of Linefork, KY, in his 90s, who passed away in 2020), George Gibson (Knott County, KY), and John Haywood (tattoo artist and director of Letcher County Pick and Bow Program, an after school program dedicated to teaching old time mountain music). Appalshop, a key organization in Brown’s life, started as a film workshop in 1969, and 50 years later is still documenting and revitalizing the traditions and creativity of Appalachia.

Above: Nora Brown with Lee Sexton, Linefork, KY

Nora Brown Tour Dates

August 26 – Brooklyn, NY – St. Ann’s Church (album release show), more info & tickets: https://www.viewcy.com/e/nora_brown_album_rele

August 27 – The Music Hall Loft – Portsmouth, NH

August 28 – One Longfellow Square – Portland, ME

September 1 – Club Passim – Cambridge, MA

September 3 – The Guthrie Center – Great Barrington, MA

September 9-10 Oldtone roots Music Festival – Hillsdale, NY

September 17 – Nick Loss-Eaton Media / Cornelius Chapel Records AmericanaFest Day Party at Imogene+Willie – Nashville, TN

September 17 – AmericanaFest @ Koinonia / The Well – Nashville, TN

September 29-30 – Trans-Pecos Festival of Music & Love – Marfa, TX

November 12 – The Parlor Room at Signature Sounds – Northampton, MA