Alison Brown has achieved success in many areas: a Harvard graduate, record label co-founder and owner, mother, and, the role that most people know her in: banjo virtuoso. The album’s title, The Company You Keep, alludes to both Brown’s literal company, the Compass Records Group, which is going into its 15th year, and the talented musicians who have kept company with her for the same period including John R. Burr (piano), Garry West (bass), David Grisman Quintet alum Joe Craven (fiddle/mandolin/percussion), and Larry Atamanuik (drums). The album also features guests John Doyle (guitar), Stuart Duncan (fiddle) and Kenny Malone (drums) on a set of engaging, upbeat, and melodic tunes that are sure to please fans and critics alike.
Brown has received three GRAMMY nominations for her solo recordings and a GRAMMY award in 2001 for Best Country Instrumental Performance as well as the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Banjo Player of the Year. A former member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, Brown has been praised for her take on the traditionally Appalachian instrument which has earned her features on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered and in The Wall Street Journal among others.
“Like James Taylor’s voice or B.B. King’s guitar, Alison Brown’s banjo is an instrument possessed of a unique sonic signature and an inescapable beauty.” - Billboard Magazine
“Striking original melodies with bluegrass, jazz, classical, folk and world-music rhythms coursing throughout them.” - The Wall Street Journal
“How sweetly she has taught her banjo to sing, whether humming winkingly behind the melody or delivering it with a breathy humanness that is as technically awesome as it is melodically seductive.” - The Boston Globe
- Crazy Ivan
- Rocket Summer
- The Road West
- Drawing Down the Moon
- Under the (Five) Wire
- Rain or Shine
- Over Nine Waves
- Forky on the Water
- The Clean Plate Club
- Waltz for Mr. B