Alison Brown


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Alison’s current album, “The Song of the Banjo,” has been described as a love song to her chosen instrument, with Alison “shining, thanks to her skilled playing, imagination and purity of heart” (Downbeat Magazine).  Her unique sonic approach pairs the banjo with piano and flute, blending bluegrass and jazz influences into a unique sonic tapestry that has earned her praise and recognition from a variety of national tastemaker platforms including The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The New York Times and USA Today.

Alison has taken an unlikely path in establishing herself as one of the most critically acclaimed banjoists in the world. One of the more multi-faceted minds in roots music, she’s a Harvard grad, former investment banker, GRAMMY winner, USA Artists Fellow and co-founder of Nashville-based Compass Records Group which is home to the Compass Records, Red House Records, Green Linnet and Mulligan Records catalogs.  She is also a noted producer with credits including 7 GRAMMY nominated and multiple IBMA award winning albums from a variety of artists including Bobby Osborne, Claire Lynch, Peter Rowan and Special Consensus. In 2015, Alison received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association for her role in the furtherance of bluegrass music. In 2019 she became the newest five-string banjoist inducted into the American Banjo Museum’s Hall of Fame.