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Rootsy Rising Star Chastity Brown up Next for Sound Bite Series

Fresh off of her triumphant maiden voyage across the pond, Knoxville-bred, Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Chastity Brown is gearing up to deliver an exclusive performance at McNally Smith on Thursday, November 8, for the third installment of the school’s popular Sound Bite Series. (Doors are at 6 p.m., music at 7 p.m.)

The timing couldn’t be better for Sound Bite attendees. Brown’s live show has been honed to near-perfection, having spent the bulk of 2012 touring in support of her fourth full-length effort, Back-Road Highways. Her first release on Creative & Dreams Music Network, the roots-heavy record is a critically lauded 11-song collection that emphatically states “why [Brown] deserves a national audience,” according to NPR.

A limited number of tickets are still available to the general public via McNally Smith College of Music and 89.3 The Current. Interested parties can send an email to to be added to the guest list (limit 2 tickets per request).

*The Sound Bite Café is located on the third floor of McNally Smith College of Music, 19 Exchange Street East, St. Paul, MN, 55101.

About the Sound Bite Series:

McNally Smith’s Sound Bite Series, now in its second season, delivers free, on-campus concerts by prominent national and local music acts. Held in the cozy confines of McNally Smith’s Sound Bite Café, students (and a few fortunate members of the general public) are treated to intimate performances from the likes of P.O.S.Motion City Soundtrack, and Peter Wolf Crier. In addition to experiencing exclusive concerts, attendees glean precious insight via informative Q&A sessions led by 89.3 The Current DJ Dave Campbell following each show.

About Chastity Brown:

Brown effortlessly straddles the line between familiar and fresh, marrying the usual suspects of Americana — blues, folk, soul, country, gospel — with unique grooves and inventive instrumentation. The unifying thread throughout is a voice that boasts the soulful authenticity of indispensible giants like Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt and Tracy Chapman, to name a few. Brown’s star is rising, and not only in America. The 30-year-old just played her first string of European dates, including a gig at The Green Note, a legendary roots venue in London’s arts mecca of Camden Town. McNally Smith College of Music is truly honored to be hosting such a tremendous talent.

“This soulful songwriter has been gigging around the Twin Cities for a couple of years. Her new album Back-Road Highways shows why she deserves a national audience.” -NPR, July 2012 

“Chastity Brown is not a blaxploitation film, but rather a mesmerizing Minnesota-based singer-songwriter whose softly powerful song is about gonna-come changes. If politicians were truly empathetic, this would be their type of campaign song.” -Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail, July 2012 

“Brown works with a wide palette of musical influences, producing songs that sound instantly modern and timeless at the same moment.” -Ed Huyck, Lavender Magazine, May 2012  

“She belongs to no genre, because what she does is beyond folk, blues, soul, or any hyphenated combination of those categories. Her poetic lyrics seep into your bones.” Natalie Gallagher, Minneapolis City Pages, March 2012  

“Even on Brown’s glossiest countrypolitan tunes, her voice aches with raw emotion, while her forays into gospel and blues possess a surprisingly accessible melodic sensibility. The end result is the best of both worlds.” – Rob Van Alstyne, The Onion/A.V. Club, March 2012