If this were an album of photographs, they would be beautiful, majestic ones that reach down deep into the soul. Book of Skies is a strong contender for one of the best releases
of Americana music by a singer-songwriter this year.
"It would be pure tom-foolery for me to try and describe in words a piece of work by an artist who has such a gift and command of language and music.
I’ll try geography instead.
"The County Primaries is easily one of the best debut albums of 2010 and it reveals Brown as a
singer-songwriter with an eye for detail, an ear for melody, and the perfect voice to tie it together.
Listening to this album, I get the feeling that these are the types of songs Johnny Cash would have loved.
Brown has a great talent as a performer and his songwriting skills are unmatched among the new breed of
singer-songwriters to emerge over the past few years. Yet neither of those things are what really keeps
me coming back to this album. That can only be accomplished by sincerity and heart, two things Brown and
his album have plenty of."
"I don't know where Kevin Brown found his songwriting mojo, but it runs in him like the mighty rivers he sings about.
From beginning to end, Kevin's sophomore recording, The Beloved Country, is chock full of rich poetry and entertaining storytelling.
As the title suggests, many of the songs are rooted in place - he is clearly a keen observer and a man of the earth.
Beyond the words, the cd also presents everything I like to hear musically - compelling vocals, tasty arrangements and inventive
instrumentation. 'The storm clouds are gathering, they're gonna spill the banks of heaven's joy, upon the earth below' - wow!"
"...a subtle blend of perfect melodies, understated powerful storytelling songs delivered with warm as honey vocals"
"Brown's thoughtful lyrics, too smart and expansive for country's limited vocabulary, call up the natural landscape as the setting for often unexpected stories and reflections.
Along the way, his words work wonders... These are original songs (in two definitions of 'original'), and they are good ones.
They invite repeated listening. In his middle age and thus done with the foolishness of youth, Brown has endured on this Earth long enough to have
figured out what matters. Thus, unlike many singer-songwriters who spring to mind, he has something to say.
One experiences the keenly pleasant sensation that one is in the company of a personable, intelligent man who knows how to tell a story. The harrowing
Northeast of Eden (Fallen Snow)
is simply astounding in this regard. So is the song that follows it, the album's closer,
a compelling but bracingly unsentimental anthem of survival in a harsh world. I have never heard a song like
When I Go Out at Night,
whose title stirs expectations of the familiar and confounds them at every turn, meanwhile charming and touching the listener with its surprises and sincerity... One knows one is hearing somebody with a distinctive personal vision, an artist who knows where he comes from and who will take listeners to places they will want to go."
"Kevin Brown writes a good song - his lyrics are pure poetry! This is a man who feels what he sings and writes - and he makes
us feel it too. That's the best songwriting."
"Every cut on this album is (give-or-take) in the 'AMAZING' range!" - Dan Maher, Inland Folk
"I was blown away by the beauty and honesty!"
"A solid, sensitive songwriter who utilizes his words well... His songs are filled with good couplets and
a strong sense of place that, in some ways, make him a John Denver for a new generation."
The Spokesman Review did a really nice article on the collaboration between Kevin and visual artist Katherine Nelson on the cover art for both albums. Read it here.
"The Beloved Country" was #13 on the FOLKDJ list for July 2012 for national Folk Radio airplay, and also eeked into the the Roots Music Report Top 100 Folk Albums for 2012!
"I love As Quiet as Grace.
Eloquent, observant, and the low key delivery is what makes it command your attention. When I hear it during my programs,
I feel proud that songs like this are what I hang my hat on."
"easy on the ears, gentle on the mind and a balm for the soul."
"Kevin Brown's songs are earthy but magical tales. There is no contradiction there.
Listening to his songs, you get grit in the soles of your boots, and you see marvels, visions which can inspire amazement or fear."
"lovely, quiet... very grounded and specific... a real engagement with everyday life as one man experiences it, externally and internally.
I really enjoyed this dignified, understated document of the way the mind meanders and meditates in the few spaces left on earth that still
allow for the experience of time."
"Kevin Brown is one of the best Folk/Americana songwriters to come along in years. It's rare to encounter an album where
each song is so unique, memorable, and meaningful. I hope The County Primaries gets the wide audience it deserves."