Dean Brody hits the dirt road

Coun­try singer kicks o his Dirt Road Sto­ries Acoustic Tour at Marigold Oct. 20.

Truro Daily News - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY FRAM DINSHAW

Dean Brody is host­ing a kitchen party with a di er­ence in Truro next month.

He and spe­cial guest Jes­sica Mitchell will show his au­di­ence at the Marigold Cul­tural Cen­tre how to write a coun­try song straight from the heart. It in­volves a gui­tar and maybe a lit­tle kitchen party at­mos­phere Oct. 20 Dirt Road Sto­ries show.

“When you’re stripped down like this, you’re more ex­posed and vul­ner­a­ble,” said Brody, whose Dirt Road Sto­ries Acoustic Tour kicks off Oct. 20 in Truro. “It’s a rush be­cause you open up and it’s more in­ti­mate, your heart’s on the line in these kinds of sit­u­a­tions. We may even have a beer or two on the stage, like a kitchen party.”

Brody’s trade­mark is telling sto­ries in songs, ev­ery­thing from the tale of two boys sep­a­rated by war in his rst sin­gle, Broth­ers, to the more up­beat Bush Party, cel­e­brat­ing a ven­er­a­ble Cana­dian tra­di­tion.

His ca­reer had hum­ble begin­nings. Born in the north­ern British Columbia town of Smithers in 1975, he grew up in Ja ray and worked at a sawmill, where he started play­ing gui­tar in his spare time.

For Brody, writ­ing a good song is as sim­ple as pick­ing up an in­stru­ment and let­ting the cre­ative juices ow.

Brody re­leased his self-ti­tled rst al­bum in 2009 and that same year his song Broth­ers won Sin­gle of the Year from the Cana­dian Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion.

Since then, he’s re­leased ve more al­bums and won two Juno Awards. He cur­rently lives in Nashville, a cre­ative hub for many mu­si­cians from across North Amer­ica.

For artists like Brody, be­ing in Nashville is a chance to net­work, which can be as easy as go­ing to a pub and watch­ing singer- song­writ­ers play­ing live.

He de­scribes liv­ing in Nashville as “good for the cre­ative mind.”

How­ever, he also has a soft spot for Nova Sco­tia and its re­laxed, friendly life­style. Af­ter an ear­lier stay in Nashville that ended af­ter his Amer­i­can visa ex­pired, Brody chose Nova Sco­tia as his new home.

“I was lucky enough to live here for six years, in Nova Sco­tia. I was sur­prised to see how coun­try it is – back roads, farm­yards, jacked- up trucks, hunt­ing and shing and peo­ple just hav­ing a real ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the out­doors. It’s a big part of life.”

e Dirt Road Sto­ries Acoustic Tour takes in 35 shows, in­clud­ing seven across At­lantic Canada.

Show­time at the Marigold is 8 p.m., Oct. 20. For more in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets, call the box o ce at 902-897-4004 or visit www.marigold­cen­tre.ca.

CON­TRIB­UTED/WIKIMEDIA COM­MONS

Born in Smithers, B.C., Dean Brody rst started writ­ing songs when he worked at a sawmill in Ja ray.

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