September 26th, 2021 9pm Stage 3
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Kirby Brown was born in East Texas.
He was raised in the Ozark foothills of Arkansas.
He lived in Dallas.
He lived in New York City.
He lives in Nashville.
The meaning of his first name is “fenced hilltop settlement” and his middle name means “settlement next to a church”.
For Kirby, the process of writing is a liturgical one — repeatedly walking around the fences of his own life, looking in to see what's hidden, and trying to make heads or tails of what’s going on in there. In a sense, though, he often feels blocked out... on the wrong side of those barricades. The practice of songwriting, when it’s working, is the shortest way across that he has found.
As with his own life, the songs are often a synthesis of many varied influences and inspirations in juxtaposition with one another — marriages of both the quotidian and the sacred, the conversational and the poetic, the serious and the playful. Ultimately, they are all roundabout meditations on what’s behind the veil of our seemingly plain human experiences. Sometimes it feels like chaos, and sometimes a bigger picture comes together.
"I know that, like a stained-glass window, it’s possible to be many things and one thing simultaneously — what you see depends on where you’re standing."
So, what do you see?
Nashville's "Americana Queen," (Vice Noisey) Mary Bragg, and her new album, Violets as Camouflage, have been heralded in Rolling Stone and NPR Music, which named the release one of the 10 best albums of March 2019; "Her clear, warm alto, reminiscent of Patsy Cline, was made for confidences, and these gorgeously crafted and executed songs touch the listener on a deep level, where insight occurs."
"Her clear, warm alto, reminiscent of Patsy Cline, was made for confidences, and these gorgeously crafted and executed songs touch the listener on a deep level, where insight occurs." -ANN POWERS, NPR MUSIC