Listening to the songs of singer/songwriter/storyteller Curtis Brand leaves one with that peaceful, easy feeling of a barefoot summer's evening; of relaxing on the back porch in a pair of faded old jeans, favorite beverage in hand, surrounded by best friends. His music, his stories, and even the essence of the man himself, just put folks into a state of laidback easiness. Brand's songs gently reveal common threads of everyday life; touching on both the humor and melancholy that's there for the taking. His newest CD release, "Downeast Summer " is musical tour of the Maine coast. Most of the cuts feature just Brand and his guitar; doing what he does best, while crossing the border many times from folk to blues with ease. There's a hint of Willy Nelson in his sound and a glimpse of Harry Chapin in his storytelling--and he can really deliver on storytelling, which makes his live performances so appealing.