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Alison Brown Quartet with John Doyle performing a medley called (I'm Naked And
I'm) Going to Glasgow from the album Stolen Moments (2005).
banjo: Alison Brown
piano: John R. Burr
guitar: John Doyle
mandolin: Joe Craven
bass: Garry West
About the artist
Progressive bluegrass banjoist Alison Brown made her name not only as a
virtuosic instrumentalist, but as an accomplished, jazz-influenced composer, a
combination that earned plenty of comparisons to Béla Fleck and David Grisman.
Brown began playing the banjo before reaching her teens and developed
quickly, winning numerous contests and even getting a chance to perform at the
Grand Ole Opry. She was also an excellent student, and temporarily left music to
attend Harvard University; following graduation, she worked as an investment
banker for a couple of years, but quit to pursue music.
Brown gained her first wide exposure as a member of Alison Krauss' Union
Station, covering the banjo slot from Krauss' 1987 debut album through 1990.
That year, she departed to record her own debut, the entirely instrumental
Simple Pleasures, for Vanguard, and also spent some time as the musical
director for folkie Michelle Shocked.
Brown's 1992 follow-up, Twilight Motel, was jazzier and more eclectic, and 1994's
Look Left displayed her increasing interest in world and ethnic music. 1996's
The Alison Brown Quartet refocused on her jazz sensibility and found her
switching to guitar on a few tracks; it was also her last album before moving to
the Compass imprint, for which she debuted in 1998 with Out of the Blue.
2000's Fair Weather featured a duet with Béla Fleck on "Leaving Cottondale,"
which won Brown a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental. Her follow-up album,
Replay, was another of her jazzier outings. Brown sang about parenthood and
musicianship on Stolen Moments, which arrived in spring 2005.
She released Evergreen, a collection of holiday music with Joe Craven in 2007,
followed by Company You Keep in 2009. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide