So Brown | Point Legere

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Point Legere

by So Brown

Beautiful and provocative songs of love, women, nature, and death from rural Alabama.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Lonesome George
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2. Dauphin Island
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3. One By One
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4. August (feat. Norah Jones)
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5. Bad Love
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6. Mean Old Man
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7. Livin' On the Bottom
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8. Don't Start Me Cryin'
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9. Riversong
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10. Point Legere
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
So Brown saunters by on the sidewalk dressed unassumingly in an old suede bomber jacket, dark dungarees, and a fading gray army cap. Guitar in hand, you might mistake her for a rebellious teenage boy. But when So begins to play, sensually engrossed in ethereal song, you quickly realize: This is not child’s play—this is a highly developed, fully realized artist. From out past railway tracks and the forgotten rivers of rural Alabama, So Brown has emerged with haunting songs of love, women, nature, and death.

Produced by Bryce Goggin (Anthony and the Johnsons, Joan as Policewoman) and recorded live to analog tape, Point LeGere includes an all-star cast of 14 musicians appearing on the album. Friends Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson appear alongside legends of the NY country (Jim Campilongo of the Little Willies), jazz (Adam Levy and Tony Scherr) and art rock world (Doug Wieselman). The stars aligned and every one was in town, and they spent one week recording at Trout Studios in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

The tracks on Point Legere appear in the order that they were conceived and call on an immense pool of influences—from the refined classical aesthetic derived from her piano-teacher mother to the ghosts of delta bluesmen like Skip James and Leadbelly. Part Gershwin and Muddy Waters, part Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, with some sexy David Bowie androgyny thrown in for good measure. A penetratingly gifted guitarist and lyricist, So paints an almost Faulknerian portrait of the South, alternately sublime and brutal.

The hard-hitting “One by One”, a sinister account of food and feeding, sits next to the beautiful “Dauphin Island”, a sweet, nostalgic childhood photo of a song about fishing with Grandpa on the barrier island off the coast of Alabama. That song was all the more relevant because Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson covered it in concert in Mobile, Alabama the very same night tar balls began washing ashore from the BP oil spill. Check out their performance of the song at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn here and listen to the album version here and feel free to post.

A gender-bending outcast from an early age, So Brown’s androgynous mannerisms caused constant friction in the Houston, Texas society she was raised in. While other children passed time playing together and learning their socially ordained gender roles, So was alone wandering in bayous, fishing, or chasing down animals and bugs. Themes of conflict between flesh and spirit and society appear in So’s work, yet as So says, it is not the point of the music. Rather, “My first priority is always making beautiful, moving music. I’m not a protest writer and I don’t have an agenda, I just love music that moves my being, and I try to be honest in how I deliver it.”

In 2004, So moved to Point Legere, a hidden peninsula outside Mobile, Alabama where her family has lived for four generations, and began penning the songs that would become the album of the same name on an old porch surrounded by tall pines and a brackish river. It would end up taking seven years until the album was finished and in a tangible form. Why would anyone dedicate seven years of life to writing about a peninsula in Alabama? So replied, “I’m not sure it makes rational sense, but I have been obsessed with that place my entire life – the old barn, the smell of the pecan trees...It’s my great love, my lifeline.”

Tours are in the works for both North and South of the Mason-Dixon line, and beyond. So’s mission: “It’s time to share the hidden secrets and hidden loves of my youth; I put it all into this album.” And thus a little unknown pocket of Alabama is introduced to a world that has no idea it exists, as So takes a place alongside the great American songwriters. The music is bold, sensual and mesmerizing; by all means, experience it, and of course keep a sharp eye on your woman.

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