"The songs on Back-Road Highways will hit you square in the chest, knock the wind out of you, and make you stand up straighter. In her latest offering, Chastity gives the listener a library of blues history, modern soul, and unabashed poetics that seep in along the edges of every verse. At the same time, Chastity maintains a unique style--the real power in her music is her ability to make every lyric sound completely of-the-moment, like improv focusing inward."
By Natalie Gallagher, Minneapolis Music - Gimme Noise
“Chastity Brown can sing the blues off a pair of jeans, then turn around and quietly play the banjo, just to keep you on your toes. Blending folks and soul, she’s opened a volcanic seam on the rugged landscape of American song.” -MN Monthly Magazine
She’ll put a spell on you. Sweet as molasses and woodsmoke, clear and burning as summer sun, Chastity Brown casts magic. Her voice brings you to the crossroads with every turn, warms, comforts and challenges you. She is the inheritor of Leadbelly, Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt and Roberta Flack. She is past, present and future. She is fire, earth, air and water. She’s a natural.
Throw all the genres and hyphenates together you want to describe her – gospel, roots & soul, jazz, blues & country – they are all right, and also not enough. Chastity channels songs that are borne deep in the American bone, the hunger, desperation and confidence that runs through our times. Coming from Tennessee to Minnesota, touring the country, she has had half her own lifetime and million lifetimes gone before to concoct her powerful sound. Ignite it all with love, and the rest is rapture.
Back-Road Highways is the best yet from Chastity. Opening with the slow, pulsing insistence of “House Been Burnin”, a cry out for our needs, she follows it up with the rocking blues of “When We Get There” and the plaintive, moving roots of “Solely”. Chastity turns it all around and brings out the joys and sorrows of love with the enormous, pleading, “Say It” balanced with the sweetly ecstatic “After You”. Throughout Back-Road Highways, Chastity sings it all out, gives us all a reason to keep on going one more day.