One of the undoubted highlights of Warthog Promotions' 2016 series of concerts at the Old Ship was the appearance of the Bronwynne Brent Trio. Bronwynne and her two musical sidekicks caused such a sensation on this tour that her agent was inundated with requests from venues and promoters asking when she would be returning. Warthog Promotions is happy to announce that she will be returning on March 22.
Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Bronwynne has the kind of stop-in-your tracks voice that sounds like Southern sunshine. Though her new album, Stardust was recorded in Seattle, it's the kind of album that could only come out of the South. There's a hint of Delta blues behind the ache in her songs, a glimpse of honky-tonk twang, an echo of riverboat can-cans, a whiff of Morricone, and an atmosphere of the darker side of country song writing. Harkening back to the glory days of Lee Hazlewood and Gram Parsons, Brent's songs tap into the dark undercurrent of country that starts with old Appalachian murder ballads and continues to today's current crop of psychedelic country songwriters. Like a Juke Joint Nancy Sinatra, Bronwynne Brent unites all the best elements of Southern American roots music, and ties these many different influences into a sound that's comforting and refreshing.
And what songs! Brent's songs have a heavy weight on their shoulders. Battered women, defeated lovers, devilish characters, highway ghosts, and lonesome wanderers populate her songs. Her voice sounds aged beyond its years, brittle and fragile, almost as if it might shatter into razor-sharp fragments under too much pressure. But underneath everything there's a steel spine to this music, a thoroughly grounded foundation in American roots music that allows Brent to build her songs to greater heights that you might expect. It's a masterful album, and heralds the coming of a new sound in the Americana pantheon.