Nick Brown Duo

Nick Brown Duo

Marty Finkel

Friday, May 12th 2017

5:30 pm



This event is 21 and over

Nick Brown Duo
Nick Brown Duo
Nick Brown is a singer and songwriter based in Madison, Wis. A longtime musical collaborator and bass player, Brown released his debut album, “Slow Boat,” in 2012. The snow-country-tinted and heartfelt album was particularly well received among fellow malcontents and shiftless romantics.

Brown’s second album, the EP “Contender,” was recorded over three years, featuring the skilled hands and musically proficient minds of longtime Madison players and bandmates Andrew Harrison (electric and pedal steel guitars), Ben Wolf (drums, percussion, synths), Rusty Lee (keys, synths) and Pat Logterman (upright bass, gourd banjo).

Scheduled for release in May 2017, the album is sonically a much larger animal, with colorful flourishes and bursts of energy surrounding songs concentrated on displaced hearts, matters of endurance and the curative power of music itself.


Tone Madison:

“Nick Brown’s first album begins with the somber, arresting ‘Living That Way’ and proceeds to resourcefully bounce in all manner of directions, all the while retaining sparse, dignified arrangements. Brown plays with classic-country tropes on “Light Beer And Heavy Hearts,” goes on a smart-assed journey of disappointment on “Factory Farms,” takes a jaunty gambling trip to Canada on “Hold On Windsor.” Though this naturally makes for a slightly uneven experience, it’s also one of rewarding surprises, and one of the best singer-songwriter records a local artist has released in recent years.”

77 Square:

“Sonically… numbers like the country & western swingers ‘Play That Song,’ sound decades older, coming across like recordings put to tape at Memphis’ famed Sun Studio back in the 1950s.”

The Cap Times:

CT: What’s your favorite cover song to play (if you don’t do covers … why not)?

NB: We don't do covers. We focus exclusively on inferior versions of our own songs.
Marty Finkel
Marty Finkel
" of the best new music artists in Madison."-The Isthmus

Marty Finkel is the closest thing to a lifelong singer-songwriter you can find. From ditties composed as a toddler to teenaged guitar songs he composed before he knew any chords, Finkel has never been far from a song. After self-releasing three full-length records, one EP (and one record as side project Spinning Swords), Finkel makes his label debut with Might Be Found, on Slothrop Records.

In 2007, Finkel was a finalist for MSG’s Song of the Year’s writing contest (for “I Ain’t Been Sleeping At All”), and 2008 found Finkel nominated for two Madison Area Music Awards (one for Best Folk Album and one for Song of the Year).

Might Be Found showcases not only the breadth of Finkel’s talent, but also his growth as a songwriter: “When I began writing, my songs were more poetic/introspective and not as ‘toe-tapping.’ Since then I have moved away from that and have been writing more pop-based structures with lyrics that are more vague and allow for listener interpretation. When I’m working on an album the songs generally follow the same theme because they all represent the same chunk of my life,” Finkel says of his process.

On Might Be Found, Finkel’s songs glimmer with a unique optimism that shines in his songcraft and delivery. Even on songs like album opener “You Left Me First,” Finkel avoids wallowing and takes a matter-of-fact tone: “So stop your crying / I know it hurts / I’m not sympathizing / ’cause you left me first.” The up-tempo “Benjamin” was written as a tribute to The Graduate, one of Finkel’s favorite films, and was composed on his parents’ upright piano. The striking “Afraid to Die” was written for Elliott Smith, whose untimely death haunted Finkel’s dreams: “When I woke up I was obsessed with the notion that you could still write songs after you had died which I took some comfort in but in the end decided I was still afraid of death,” Finkel says of the song, which serves both as a salute to Smith and an affirmation of life. Though most of the songs traverse the familiar territory of love and loss, Finkel isn’t afraid to step into other lyrical terrain.
Venue Information:
High Noon Saloon
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703