Alabaster Brown

Alabaster Brown

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Mississippi Mud Stompin' Jambilly.

Biography

Alabaster Brown has dubbed their own style of music as “Mississippi Mud Stomp”. The band brings a high level of energy to every show that they play and though the live performance is highly improvisational the band honors the song as the most important vehicle for improvisation. In other words, Alabaster Brown writes some great songs and although they stretch them out in the live environment, they approach the actual song as the most important aspect of their playing and they tend to avoid long, meandering jamming.

Alabaster Brown is an original rock band from St. Louis, Missouri. The band's down-home style comes from its members' incorporation of elements of roots rock, funk, latin, alt-country, bluegrass, reggae, midwestern and cajun styles of music into their own unique sound, the Trademarked, “Mississippi Mud Stomp.” As mentioned previously, improvisation plays a key role in every Alabaster Brown concert, found in individual solos or in polyphonic jams. One thing makes Alabaster Brown unique from the many bands on the scene today are the highly evocative and well written songs that are performed tightly and with a high level of vocal dexterity. The bands influences are many and varied, from drummer Dave Clark's music degree from Webster University where he studied Brazilian music almost exlusively, to lead guitar player, Sean Sweeney's, nearly encylopedic knowledge of obscure 60's pyschedelia to guitar player and songwriter, Nate Parienti's,working knowledge of blue-grass, alt-country, and rock tunes and song crafting skills. The band is able to blend these influences into a sound that is uniquely Alabaster Brown.

Alabaster Brown was formed in the fall of 2004 when two local original bands lost some members and then merged together forming the current line-up. After a few months of rehearsals the band hit the ground running and has had a tremendous amount of success over its first year and a half of playing together including playing at such well known venues as Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, Colorado, The Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado, The Mishawaka Amphitheater in Fort Collins, Colorado and twice at The Wakarusa Festival in Lawrence, KS. The band has played continuous dates throughout 2005 and 2006 and in addition to the venues already mentioned it has played in Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Arkansas, and Ohio. Alabaster Brown has also been fortunate enough to tour with and feature Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, and to share the stage with such acts as the Drew Emmit Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Shanti Groove, Shady Deal, Mountain of Venus, Brothers Past, members of Particle, John and Bill McKay, Speakeasy, Madahoochie, 56 Hope Rode, Smokin Bandits, members of The String Cheese Incident and many others. The band maintains a weekly gig on Wednesdays at Cicero�s in St. Louis, one of the premier venues in the St. Louis Metro area and has appeared live on KDHX FM in St. Louis as well KGNU FM in Boulder, CO.

Alabaster Brown is known to consistently provide a high level of professionalism and maintains a very respected status amongst its peers, music promoters, and talent buyers throughout the country. The band continues to grow and evolve into 2007 and beyond and looks forward to playing in new parts of the country and bringing new fans into it's constantly growing fan-base. Its no question that an evening spent with Alabaster Brown is one that people remember and leaves them wanting to come back for more.

Set List

The typical Alabaster Brown setlist usually contains approximately 12-14 songs in the first set and about 10 songs in the second set. These sets are usually about 70% original music with quirky, unique, obscure, or crowd favorite covers making up the balance.