Magazine article Guitar Player

Songcraft: Greg Brown

Magazine article Guitar Player

Songcraft: Greg Brown

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"Songs will not come to life until you find the right groove and the right setting."

Over the course of fifteen albums for Red House [Box 4044, St. Paul, MN 5104], premier folk troubadour Greg Brown has explored American life with rich, detailed narratives and rootsy acoustic arrangements. His latest, Slant 6 Mind, is full of the startling imagery and realism that makes his songs come alive.

"I think of songs as living things. I've noticed that when I take a song into the recording studio, the initial idea of how I want to record it is not necessarily the way the song wants to be. And songs will not come to life until you find the right groove and the right setting. I wrote a song on a record called Further In entitled `China.' I had written it as a strumming tune with a bit of an island beat. We tried recording it that way, and it didn't work, so we tried it a couple of different ways, until I was frustrated and ready to throw the thing out. …

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