Q&A: Pieta Brown & The Sawdust Boys

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Q&A: Pieta Brown & The Sawdust Boys


Define your genre in five words or less:
Prairie stomp.

So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you… what do they say?
“Wow!  Pieta Brown really has her own sound!”

How long have you been gigging and writing?
I’ve been gigging for ten years…writing in my notebook and making up songs since I can remember.

What has been your favourite gig you’ve played to date?
I’m never good at favourites  but singing a duet with John Prine was a recent highlight.

Which band would you most like to have a battle/showdown with?
Lucie Thorne.

What inspires or has influenced your music the most?
Songwriting for me is a natural response to the world. I love music and grew up around a lot of music so it is a natural creative response to everything, really. Anything can influence me on a given day. I’m especially inspired by music – of many kinds and songs from many genres – because that’s what makes sense to me and sense of the world.

What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed?
They have to really love what they do…success so often seems to be measured by money or notoriety which really has nothing to do with music…I feel successful because I love what I do and I’ve been paying my bills, and in doing so have connected with a lot of other people who make and/or love music. I reckon it takes a lot of drive and creativity, which I think many musicians and bands have!

Do you have any record releases to date? What? Where can I get it?
Yes, you can get Mercury and One and All from Vitamin records in Australia or visit pietabrown.com.

Why should everyone come and see you play?
Prairie Stomp Live! I’m bringing songs and sounds from the underground of the United States. The Sawdust Boys are a new addition to my songs and sound and so everyone who is there will be a part of a fresh collaboration. Bring your tamborines!

When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/single/etc?
I play at the Port Fairy Folk Festival from Friday March 9 – Monday March 12, Bella Union on Tuesday March 13 and Caravan Music Club in Oakleigh as part of the Carnival Of Suburbia on Wednesday March 14 from 8pm with Lucie Thorne.