Bassist Sarah Brown is part of the rarified club of female blues artists who have made their reputations as instrumentalists. Brown's resume includes work with Big Walter Horton, Buddy Guy and Albert Collins, to name just a few. She moved to Austin, Tex. from her native Michigan in the early 1980s and quickly established herself as the bass player of note in the fertile Austin blues and Roots scene. In the following decade, she began to establish herself as a singer, songwriter and bandleader. She has a tough, bluesy alto voice ,and she is easily at home with numerous styles of blues and R&B. Brown is also a canny songwriter with a keen sense of melody and a knack for sharp wordplay. Her songs have been covered by a number of contemporary blues artists, including Joe Louis Walker. She remains an in-demand side player, recently breaking out of the Roots ghetto to play bass for English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg.