Alison Brown is an American banjo player and guitarist known for a soft nylon-string banjo sound.
Brown learned to play guitar at eight and banjo at ten. When she was twelve, she met fiddler Stuart Duncan. In the summer of 1978, Brown traveled across the country with Duncan and his father, playing festivals and contests. She won first place at the Canadian National Banjo Championship, which helped her land a one-night gig at the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1980, Brown went to Harvard, where she studied history and literature. After graduating from Harvard, she earned an MBA from UCLA. Brown worked for two years with Smith Barney in San Francisco, and then took a break to pursue her music interests.
In 1987, Alison Krauss asked Brown to join her band, Union Station. Brown spent three years with Krauss. In 1990, she moved to Tennessee, and was named International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year in 1991.
In 1992, Brown became the band leader for Michelle Shocked. This experience...
Track listing: The Sound of Summer RunningThe Magnificent SevenHomeward BoundThe Pirate QueenCarrowkeelAngelMcIntyre Heads SouthOne Morning in May(I'm Naked and I'm) Going to GlasgowPrayer WheelMusette for a Palindrome http://www.alisonbrown.net/
Track listing: Late on ArrivalFair WeatherPoe's Pickin' PartyEveryday I Write the BookThe Devil Went Down to BerkeleyHummingbirdGirl's BreakdownEverybody's Talkin'Deep GapShake and HowdyLeaving CottondaleSweet Thing http://www.alisonbrown.net/