The Lowertown Line

S3 E1 | FULL EPISODE

Chastity Brown

The Lowertown Line featuring singer/songwriter Chastity Brown. Chastity performs with her band in front of a live studio audience at tpt and is interviewed by local hip hop artist and writer Dessa.

AIRED: December 14, 2017 | 0:26:46
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(Dessa) "The Lowertown Line" is made possible by

The State Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund,

and the citizens of Minnesota.

[footsteps]

[acoustic guitar; open string tuning]

[acoustic guitar plays softly]

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[keyboard and electric guitar play softly]

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♪ You were on your way up ♪

♪ I was on my way down ♪

♪ When I passed you my hand ♪

♪ I did raise like the old time ♪

♪ You were on your way to ♪

♪ The land of the bible ♪

♪ Where they tell you to kneel down and pray ♪

♪ It was just solely ♪

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♪ It was solely for me ♪

♪ It was solely ♪

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♪ It was solely for me ♪

♪ Oo-oo ♪

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♪ Oo-oo ♪

♪ Oo-oo-oo ♪

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♪ I called my friend and asked him ♪

♪ Where did you take him ♪

♪ Where did you lay him I wanted to see ♪

♪ So I grabbed him some flowers ♪

♪ Grabbed him some daisies ♪

♪ Some things I would have done as a kid ♪

♪ It was solely ♪

♪ It was solely ♪

♪ It was solely ♪

♪ It was solely ♪

♪ Solely ♪

♪ Oo-oo oo-oo ♪

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♪ Oo-oo-oo oo ♪

♪ Oo-oo-oo oo ♪

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♪ Had a day to get there ♪

♪ I took my sweet time ♪

♪ I drove through the valleys ♪

♪ Drove through the plains ♪

♪ Pulled up at midnight ♪

♪ The light was still on ♪

♪ I found myself between ♪

♪ The stain and the frame ♪

♪ It was solely ♪

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♪ It was solely ♪

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♪ It was solely ♪

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♪ It was solely ♪

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♪ Solely ♪

♪ Solely ♪

♪ Oo-oo-oo oo ♪

♪ Solely ♪

♪ You oo oo-oo-oo ♪

♪ Solely ♪

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[applause & cheers]

Thank you.

(Dessa) So you're originally from Tennessee, or at least you spent

a good share of your childhood there. (Chastity) Right.

(Dessa) So what were some of the like biggest differences

living in the South versus living up here in Minnesota?

Well, Minnesotans are indoors for most of the year,

whereas down South it's warmer

so we're outside more often than not,

starting the day, ending the day,

and spending whatever you can of the day on the porch.

So this literally is my favorite place.

Like I would rather not be out and about at a club or a bar

or coffee shop-- I just kind of enjoy the slow pace.

But I presume in the South,

like everybody's on their front porches.

Yeah, that is the difference; I am the only one.

You're here like Neighborhood Watch!

You know, there's some folks next door-- I love it--

they'll be bundled up playing chess and drinking coffee,

so we give the head nod.

Other than that, mostly everyone stays inside.

But I at least get to see folks when they're coming and going.

And I just love pickin', you know, writin' a song out here

is so different than like plugging in anything.

When you come out here to start writing a song,

like, do you know what direction you're headed in,

or do you just kind of explore it as the sounds happen?

One of the things about writing on the porch is that

there's no, it's the easiest place to be, so therefore,

in writing songs, there doesn't need to be

any like specific direction.

It's just play, just sing, just write with no boundaries.

We're gonna blow off the porch here. (Dessa) I know!

[playing a funky rock beat]

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♪ I was heading down a road ♪

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♪ Going nowhere ♪

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♪ But I didn't even know ♪

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♪ You know I didn't even care ♪

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♪ But along the way ♪

♪ Came a word I was needing to hear ♪

♪ The love came ♪

♪ It turns ♪

♪ Talking 'bout love real love ♪

♪ Love can lift us ♪

♪ I'm talkin' 'bout love ♪

♪ Real love lovin' lovin' love ♪

I do love all this noddin'.

Thank you all for choosin' to enjoy yourselves,

I appreciate that.

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I know we are.

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♪ So you say you're all alone ♪

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♪ You been drowning in a sea of people ♪

♪ I will throw you a rope ♪

♪ Pull you to shore ♪

♪ So you can feel this ♪

♪ So love can lift us ♪

♪ I'm talking 'bout love real love ♪

♪ Love love now love can lift us ♪

♪ I'm talkin' 'bout love ♪

♪ Real love oh oo-oo ♪

♪ Oo-oo ♪

♪ Oh no no ♪

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♪ Oo-oo ♪

♪ Oh no no ♪

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♪ Oh I'm talkin' 'bout ♪

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♪ I'm talkin' 'bout ♪

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♪ Real love ♪

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♪ If you've ever been down on the floor ♪

♪ You ain't got nowhere to go ♪

♪ Keep on lookin' keep on lookin' ♪

♪ Got to keep on lookin' up ♪

♪ Love will lift you up ♪

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Alright, here comes a sing-along.

It goes early in the mornin',

late in the evenin',

and anytime in the afternoon.

So I'll set it up and let you beautiful folks take it over.

♪ Early in the mornin' ♪

♪ Late in the evenin' ♪

♪ Anytime in the afternoon ♪

♪ Go early in the mornin' ♪

♪ Late in the evenin' ♪

♪ Anytime ♪

Put your hands together y'all, here we go.

♪ Go early in the mornin' ♪

♪ Late in the evenin' ♪

♪ Anytime in the afternoon ♪ Sing it out

♪ Go early in the mornin' ♪

♪ Late in the evenin' ♪

♪ Anytime in the afternoon ♪

♪ Oh yeah ♪

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♪ Anytime anytime oh anytime ♪

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Let's shout it out one more time.

♪ Go early in the mornin' ♪

♪ Late in the evenin' ♪

♪ Anytime in the afternoon ♪

Let me hear you.

♪ Go early in the mornin' ♪ Yeah!

♪ Late in the evenin' ♪ I need your lovin'.

♪ Anytime ♪ I need your love ♪ in the afternoon ♪

♪ Anytime oh anytime oh♪

♪ Late in the evenin' ♪

♪ Anytime ♪

♪ In the afternoon ♪ Yeah.

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[cheers & applause]

Thank y'all

[cheers, applause, & whistles]

(Dessa) So you started playing music in the church. Right? (Chastity) Yeah.

Is the music that you now play in clubs primarily, right?

That's the venue where you perform most often.

Is there still a spiritual aspect to that for you

or is this a totally different musical experience?

No, I mean, I grew up in like a full gospel church,

where like, music takes over, you get down with a get down.

You have this sense of literally singing out of yourself,

so it's a very physical, fully mode of singing.

And so it wasn't even a matter of like having to translate it,

it just seems to be the basis of how I create,

which is to feel it and go from there.

Wow, okay, so is it coming from like

a less intellectualized place and a more like feeling place?

Um, my criteria is that the story has to be true,

all the elements have to support each other.

When I know that that is the case,

then I allow myself to feel it.

There's times where I really feel a song,

but I can't figure out how that story comes about,

and I won't do it until the story is complete.

When it does come, I mean, how do you, is there

a scramble to capture it so you don't forget it?

Are you like writing in your car,

like sing into your iPhone, what do you do?

I sing it over and over again.

I have never been the type to write songs down.

I just sing again and again and again,

and then somehow it just gets locked in.

[playing in slow, rhythmic gospel rhythm]

♪ Lord if you let me ♪

♪ Live one more day ♪

♪ I'll go ♪

♪ And I'll do ♪

♪ What I never did ♪

♪ And I send ♪

♪ Out my love ♪

♪ To all of my friends ♪

♪ Lord if you let me ♪

♪ I'll make amends ♪

♪ Lord if you let me ♪

♪ I'll call cousin George ♪

♪ And thank him for letting me crash there ♪

♪ When I was on the road ♪

♪ And I'll tell him ♪

♪ That our blood is ♪

♪ Purer than gold ♪

♪ Oh lord if you let me ♪

♪ I'll call cousin George ♪

[guitar solo]

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♪ And lord ♪

♪ If you let me ♪

♪ I'll go see my mom ♪

♪ See she's there with my brother ♪

♪ Her only son ♪

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♪ And I'll tell her ♪

♪ Oh that I'm grateful ♪

♪ For all that she done ♪

♪ Oh lord if you let me ♪

♪ I'll go see my mom ♪

♪ And lord if you let me ♪

♪ I'll sing one last song ♪

♪ Till my hands are all bleeding ♪

♪ And my voice is all gone ♪

♪ And I'll sing ♪

♪ Out my heart ♪

♪ To this one last tune ♪

♪ Oh lord ♪

♪ If you let me ♪

♪ I'll sing them the blues ♪

[keyboard solo]

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♪ Oh lord ♪

♪ Oh lord oh lord ♪

♪ Oh lord oh oh ♪

♪ Oh lord ♪

♪ Oh lord lord ♪

♪ Oh lord lord oh lord ♪

♪ Oh lord ♪

♪ If you let me ♪

♪ I'll sing them ♪

♪ The blues ♪

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[cheers & applause]

Thank y'all.

[cheers & applause]

(Dessa) Does it feel like you have to know your audience

and you have to let them know you better

than if you were playing a different kind of music?

I think so, in some sort of way, my music requires that

because it's storytelling, because it's folk music.

It wouldn't require that, I think, if I were indie rocker

or had the type of music to where

I could be removed from an audience.

Because I'm telling stories, I'm asking them to connect with me

and I can't just assume that I deserve that.

I can't assume that because I love this so much

and am passionate that that would somehow

like earn me the right for their time.

Playing live in front of an audience,

it's the most exhilarating, but at the same time,

it took me so long to to figure out the dynamic.

The dynamic between you and the crowd, the dynamic

between you and the guitar, between you and your players?

Between it all, but most specifically,

I'm the leader of this band,

and to figure out what is a respectful way

to lock in with an audience, at the same time,

be absolutely authentic and in the zone

to be able to lock in with these guys.

You know, I've been playing out for a good 8 or 9 years,

and it's only been in the last 2 years

that I feel like I finally understand,

and I stopped trying to fight

how anxious I get, especially before a show.

Are you prone to stage fright?

It's not so much stage fright, as it is

I'm just an anxious person in general, and so...

Really? You seem so chill.

You have no idea! [both laugh]

But even like right before walking onstage,

I get like very, very nervous

and it kinda like runs through my veins.

The couple times that it has not happened, I blew it,

I just like, was just cut off. You know?

At some point, you work so hard

to like be so specific with your craft,

and the way you put on a show, but those subtle nuances

that might be mistakes are also why we love performing.

[playing a funky blues beat]

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♪ When I left my home this morning ♪

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♪ You know I didn't even cry ♪

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♪ When I left my home ♪

♪ You know I didn't even cry ♪

♪ I just bowed my head ♪

♪ Felt like bees were in my eyes ♪

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♪ Guess I'll head on down the road ♪

♪ Just to see what I can find ♪

♪ Gonna get on down the road ♪

♪ Just to see just to see what I can find ♪

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♪ Gotta be some work on 'round here ♪

♪ Oh lord I'm gonna lose my mind ♪

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♪ Well now now I got me some fancy shoes ♪

♪ Um ♪

♪ And I've got me a dress to wear ♪

♪ Put on my dancin' shoes ♪

♪ Get caught out in the midnight air ♪

♪ Lord knows I done spent my blood y'all my sweat ♪

♪ And all of my tears ♪ Give it to me!

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Y'all don't mind the blues do ya? Help me out on this.

♪ Oh when I left my home ♪

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♪ You know I began I began to cry ♪

♪ When I left my home this morning ♪

♪ Sho'nuff I began to cry ♪

♪ I got to thinkin' 'bout what I done did to get here ♪

♪ Oh it makes me wanna cry yeah ♪

Yeah, yeah give it to me.

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Alright, thank y'all.

[whistles, cheers, & applause]

(Dessa) "The Lowertown Line" is made possible by

The State Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

and the citizens of Minnesota.

[orchestral fanfare]


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