Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown

"It would be hard to imagine a better tribute than this one." — All Music Guide

Twenty years prior to the release of Going Driftless, Greg Brown sang about being a dad. "I'm a man who's rich in daughters," he boasted, tenderly. It's appropriate, then, that the most affecting song on this tribute album is a hushed, heartfelt reading of Brown's early rarity "Ella Mae," played and sung here by his three girls, Pieta, Zoe, and Constie. And while theirs is the disc's single best performance, there's much more here to recommend. Lucinda Williams (who opens the album with "Lately") and Iris DeMent ("The Train Carrying Jimmie Rodgers Home") are, like Brown, raw, emotive singers steeped in the blues, and their covers ooze with longing and ache. Ani DiFranco's jazzy "Poet Game" and Victoria Williams's playful "Early" offer new perspectives on familiar Brown songs. And while the likes of Eliza Gilkyson ("Sleeper") and Shawn Colvin ("Say a Little Prayer") come off a little too polished, each earns points for reviving terrific tunes from deep in Brown's catalog. One note: Royalties from this album go to the Breast Cancer Fund.

Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown

Various Artists

MP3/320 $10.00
FLAC $12.00
WAV $12.00
CD $15.00

Track Listing

Lately Buy
The Poet Game Buy
The Train Carrying Jimmie Rodgers Home Buy
Where Is Maria? Buy
Sleeper Buy
Ella Mae Buy
Summer Evening Buy
Small Dark Movie Buy
Spring & All Buy
Say A Little Prayer Buy
Early Buy
Two Little Feet Buy
Hey Baby Hey Buy
Wash My Eyes Buy