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Thank you, Greg Brown, for singing for Bald Rock

Internationally acclaimed minstrel-poet Greg Brown performed a benefit
concert for Bald Rock on Thursday, December 6, at the Camden Opera House.

A large crowd attended the event, and many people signed up to join the Bald Rock Community as supporters. They asked to be kept informed about the progress of our legal case against Gridcom and the 190-foot monopole cell tower the company intends to build just below Bald Rock, in the middle of the viewshed. We also received much-needed donations to the legal fund. We thank everyone who helped with or attended the event, and we give a heartfelt thanks to Greg Brown for his generosity and the good spirits and wry words about mindless development in inappropriate places that he contributed to our cause.

Brown has walked Bald Rock’s trail more than once and stood on this beautiful coastal Maine ledge—perched at 1,100 feet above the sea, literally eye-level with eagles and hawks riding the thermals. He’s taken in the stunning panoramic view of the bay and its islands, framed below by a pristine skirt of forest sweeping down to the water.

When he first heard about the cell tower last April, Brown recognized the need for help and answered the call. “I’m glad I get to come do the benefit,” he emailed a couple months before the show. Brown said he’s playing “for our lovely earth, for our lovely if annoying companions, for beauty.”

For more information about Greg Brown and his music, visit www.gregbrown.org.

Greg Brown, Live! Concert CD to Benefit Bald Rock Viewshed
Months before the concert, Brown suggested the BRC record it and produce a CD to help raise money for the legal fund. CD's of other benefit concerts performed by Brown are listed with his studio-produced albums on his website, www.gregbrown.org. Thanks to the skilled work of Paul Laporte of Savvy Sound, Inc., we now have a quality recording with which to mix and produce a CD.

The singer-songwriter does not work from set lists, though he may jot down a few songs that come to mind just before he goes onstage. Each concert he performs differs from others, and spontaneous versions of even his best-known songs can hold some soulful surprises. Stay tuned to this website for updates on the CD and how to obtain a copy when it is completed.
An Evening Call from Greg Brown
Brown’s latest CD, The Evening Call, was recorded in Memphis with co-producer, sideman, and friend Bo Ramsey. His twenty-third album is a mix of R&B, rough country, sexy folk, and slow grooves. It’s described by Red House Records, Brown’s label, as “raw and rich with poetry…a colorful cast of wandering spirits that love and fight, leave, and are called back home again.”

Musicians such as Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Joan Baez, and Maria Muldaur have recorded Brown’s songs. He was described by Utne Magazine as “one of the truly great musicians of our time. His quirky profound songs and rootsy musicianship make him the peer of Lucinda Williams, U2, Johnny Cash…Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan.”

The musician has a wide following beyond his international concert audience and fellow musical artists. Brown performed at a benefit in Minnesota hosted by actor-playwright Sam Shepard and actress Jessica Lange, in the company of writer Richard Ford and German filmmaker-screenwriter Wim Wenders. Wenders told Brown he had all his CDs.

After the death of Allen Ginsberg, the singer-songwriter was sent a manuscript written by the Beat poet, inspired by an earlier album he had recorded of poems by William Blake set to music (Songs of Innocence and Experience). He was told Ginsberg found comfort in the songs before he passed away.

In 2002, Red House issued a Brown tribute album featuring women singer-songwriters interpreting their favorites of his songs. Performers on that recording include Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Iris Dement, Stacy Earle, Gillian Welch, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The CD’s profits support the fight against breast cancer.

The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter had a busy touring schedule this season, but he set aside time to perform the Camden concert in support of the Bald Rock Community.