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WHO: Mary Battiata & Little Pink

WHAT: “Part twang, part folk, part pop”  **

Mary’s newest record is “The Heart, Regardless,” released in June 2017. It features 13 original songs by Mary, recorded with a standout band of veteran and up-and-coming players from the Mid-Atlantic Country and Bluegrass scenes, plus very special guests Dudley Connell (The Seldom Scene), Mike Munford (2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year), Baltimore songwriter and bandleader Arty Hill and more. The stellar studio band was Tim Pruitt (guitars); Alex Weber (bass); Dave Hadley (pedal steel) and Ed Hough (drums). The record also includes memorable and defining contributions from Ray Eicher (pedal steel); B.J. Lazarus (mandolin); fiddle players Patrick McAvinue, Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Willem Elsevier; Larry Ferguson (drums and percussion); John Shock (accordion); and Chris Watling (accordion and baritone saxophone). “The Heart, Regardless” was co-produced by Mary and Dave Nachodsky at Nachodsky’s Invisible Sound Studios in Baltimore, MD. Hill helped with preproduction, and the record’s lone cover is a sprightly, soulful take on Hill’s instant Country classic, “Drive That Fast.”


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Mary’s previous recordings, “Gladly Would We Anchor” (Nightworld/2008) and “Cul-de-sac Cowgirl” (Adult Swim/2001), and the 2003 four-song Live EP “12 Birds” (Adult Swim), drew enthusiastic reviews from critics who likened the recordings, and Mary’s songwriting and singing, to the work of Rosanne Cash and Lucinda Williams, Sandy Denny and Richard-and-Linda Thompson-era Fairport Convention.  

 

**  from the review of “Gladly Would We Anchor”  by John Conquest, Third Coast Music, Austin TX

 

 


...WHEN and WHERE: Mary tours from NYC to L.A. and points in between, including Austin (every March, for the  NotSXSW side of the SXSW music festival), and the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery AL, and the Hank Williams  Festival (in Georgiana). She has played at the famous Blue Door in Oklahoma City, and McCabe’s in Santa Monica and has  played opening sets for Neko Case, Jim Lauderdale, Jon Langford, Alejandro Escovedo and Sam Baker, among others. In the  Washington/Baltimore area, she can be seen at the IOTA Club (Arlington, Va.), the 1919 (Baltimore, Md.), the Black Cat and  Gypsy Sally’s (Washington DC), and from time to time, The Birchmere and Strathmore Mansion. For the past two years, she has  taught an evening class on creativity and nature imagery in country songwriting during Classic Country Music Week at the Augusta  Heritage Center in Elkins, W. Va.

 HOW:  Little Pink’s first CD, “Cul-de-sac Cowgirl,” (Adult Swim/2001) was recorded at Inner Ear Studio in Arlington Va.,  and Scary Clown Studio in Bethesda, Md. Its 12 tracks were co-produced by Karl Straub (Graverobbers, Karl Straub Combo),  Philip Stevenson (Carnival of Souls, Quinine), and Mary. It was released on the Adult Swim label of Dischord co-founder and  Minor Threat drummer Jeff Nelson. The recording won a Washington Area Music Award for Best Debut Recording and  landed Mary on Harp Magazine’s annual short list of “12 Songwriters You Should Hear.” The next two Little Pink  recordings, “Gladly Would We Anchor,” and the live EP, “12 Birds,” were produced by Philip Stevenson and Mary at Scary  Clown and featured guitar work from Stevenson, Ben Peeler (the Mavericks; Shakira); and John Gnorski (Little Pink, Ghost  Shirt), among others. The influential NYC music blog Lucid Culture named “Gladly” one of the top 50 records of 2008, in  the company of releases by Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello, Burning Spear and the Bedsit Poets and the famously  tough- minded music critic and journalist John Conquest (3rd Coast Music, Austin TX), named Mary to his 2008 list of  Best Songwriters and gave “Gladly” four out of five stars.