Soul singer Chastity Brown had already been gigging for some time in Knoxville, Tennessee before she moved to Minneapolis in 2005. She wasted no time setting up shop in the Twin Cities, and began building a base with the 2007 release of her debut, Do The Best You Can, which she followed up with Sankofa in 2009 and High Noon Teeth in 2010. Brown’s music—which straddles aspects of soul, gospel, jazz, and country—is cemented together by her versatile sense of place in songwriting and her strong, enchanting voice. With her newest release, Back-Road Highways, there’s a strong sense of the American folk experience. Brown knows how to make her songs soulful even when they’re not soul.