via Utne Reader
by Keith Goetzman
“I’m an American,” intones Greg Brown solemnly on this album’s title track, “I’m gonna let my freak flag fly,” and he draws out the “fly” like a lingering dare. The song sets the tone for an album of darkly tinted folk and blues, with rumbling ruminations on big questions and simple pleasures. His deep-in-the-bones interpretation of “Let the Mystery Be,” the skeptic’s anthem written by his wife, Iris DeMent, is the capstone to another stunning set of dispatches from the heartland.
Freak Flag is available now on CD, LP and digital now at the Yep Roc Store. Order the CD or LP now and get the full digital album download in your Stash instantly to start enjoying right away.