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Diverse music by Pieta Brown on stage at Cultural Center March 6

Pieta Brown will perform March 6 at the Regional Cultural Center.

The Pieta Brown concert at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. on March 6.

Pieta will be touring with Mark Knopfler this spring.

Straight out of the heartland comes Pieta Brown. The daughter of two preacher's kids, her early upbringing in Iowa was in a rural outpost with no furnace or running water. There, Pieta was exposed to traditional and rural folk music.

Later, while living with her mother in Alabama during her formative years, Pieta drew on and expanded these influences and began writing poetry and composing instrumental songs on piano.

Pieta is an artist who brings together the humility of Loretta Lynn, the honest modern rock punch of P.J. Harvey, the hipster swagger and poetry of Cat Power, and the airy sophistication of Feist.

After releasing two critically acclaimed albums in the last four years-Remember the Sun (2007) and In the Cool (2005)-Pieta has now signed with Red House Records. A natural addition to the label's award winning roster, she spent her early childhood in the very red house that gave the label its name. On her label debut "Shimmer" she delivers seven stripped-down tracks of soulful alt-country songs recorded by legendary producer Don Was (Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Rolling Stones). Steadily gaining attention across musical genres, the Iowa-based songwriter has toured with John Prine, Ani Difranco, Calexico, J.J. Cale, Iris Dement and Mason Jennings, among others. Pieta is currently touring in support of her new EP and is recording a new full-length studio album, due for release in spring of 2010.

Tickets are $15 the night of the concert, or $12 advance sale.