Little Words

Karen Joy Brown

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Little Words, the new full-length project from Chico’s Karen Joy Brown, is a satisfying collection that aptly displays the artist’s wide-ranging acoustic palette via voice, strumming guitar and songwriting. Starting off with a crisp and irresistible title track, followed by the equally infectious, mid-tempo “Made for TV,” the aural experience widens as Brown’s voice, a throaty, sultry mix of pop, jazz and soul, harks back to such contemporary jazz vocalists as Linda Tillery and Cassandra Wilson. Elsewhere, the quick, scatty-jazz essence of “De Rien” is followed nicely by “I Know What Heaven Is,” an insightful ballad of perseverance that offers, “It’s the sand that makes the pearls.” Brown’s backing band, the Bona Fides (Chris Wenger on electric guitar and the CN&R’s Christine LaPado adding some fine upright bass passages) enhances the album along with David Silva, who contributes nimble acoustic lead licks plus a song of his own, “Deep Blue.” Brown is back in Chico after a stint in Spain, passionate, reflective and refueled, offering musical messages reflecting life’s lessons she’s learned so far. “Show that small town that you ain’t done yet,” she offers in the encouraging “Daisy,” closing the album with a tender, gospel-tinged “Scarlet Silence,” with its message to “stop and savor every echo in our mind.”

-Alan Sheckter, Chico News&Review, June 24th, 2010.

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Flatbed Headwest at the Barlow

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Barlow Headwest Marketplace, McKinley Street, Sebastopol

Join us on a lazy summer Saturday at the Barlow at the corner of McKinley and Pink Lady Court (Acre Pizza) for an hour or so of songs. We are happy to get to play live again and share what just "my love and myself" have been working on over the last year and a half. Stop by to listen and enjoy any of the great food and drink available with a kid and dog-friendly lawn area too!

Flatbed Music Festival COUCH CONCERT


The Flatbed Music Festival has been postponed until September 11-13 due to the pandemic, of course. In the meantime, live stream "couch concerts" are offered Fridays at 7pm. Dave and I will be featured on April 17th!


KJB & the Acoustic Brethren

Gypsy Cafe, 162 N Main St, Sebastopol, CA

Dave and I are back for a set, and will be joined by some of his music students with an incredible band, The Sanctions.   


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