The Company You Keep – Alison Brown

by | 12 Mar, 2009

alisonbrownCompass Records announces Alison Brown CD will be released on April 7, 2009 and will ship that week or before.

The title of Alison Brown’s new studio release The Company You Keep was originally inspired by the words of Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes (Don Quixote): Tell me the company you keep and I’ll tell you what you are. But it wasn’t until the project began to develop that she realized the title actually held two separate, but equally important, meanings for her and for her music.

I’ve been writing, recording and performing my own tunes for nearly 20 years now, and as I thought about the progression of my sound – our band sound – I began to think about what a collaborative effort this musical journey has been. After 15 years of recording, performing and philosophizing about music with (pianist) John R Burr and (bassist) Garry West, I really wanted to draw that collaborative spirit to the forefront on this album. Alison Brown

The Company You Keep features the musicians she has spent most of the past 15 years performing with: John R. Burr (piano), Garry West (bass), David Grisman Quintet alum Joe Craven (fiddle/mandolin/percussion) and Larry Atamanuik (drums) alongside guests John Doyle (guitar), Stuart Duncan (fiddle) and Kenny Malone (drums) on a set of engaging, upbeat and melodic tunes, many of which were co-written by Brown and Burr.