Paradise Outlaw was recorded in four days at Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon’s April Base studio in Wisconsin with a supporting cast that includes Vernon, Amos Lee, Brown’s troubadour father, Greg Brown and various members of an experimental group of players she calls the Sawdust Collective. Paradise Outlaw boasts some of Pieta’s most emotionally resonant compositions, and some of her most expressive performances, to date.
Co-producer Bo Ramsey, who has worked with Pieta Brown’s father Greg and more famously with Lucinda Williams, returns for the fourth time to help mold Pieta’s sultry and poetic folk-rock. Fans of Williams will find plenty to like here, even if Brown’s vocals do lean towards the less gritty, more bittersweet end of the spectrum. […]