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WHO: Mary Battiata & Little Pink

WHAT: “Part twang, part folk, part pop”*
Singer-songwriter Mary Battiata writes catchy songs that blend her love of classic Country music and honky-tonk guitar with a helping of British folk rock and a distinctive high-lonesome sound. Mary’s newest CD, “The Heart, Regardless,” will be out in Spring 2017, with national tour dates to follow. The record features 13 original songs recorded at Baltimore’s Invisible Sound Studios with a stellar lineup of Baltimore and DC musicians. Mary’s previous recordings, “Gladly Would We Anchor,” (Nightworld/2008) and “Cul-de-sac Cowgirl” (Adult Swim/2001), and the four-song live EP “12 Birds” (Adult Swim/2001), drew enthusiastic reviews from the national music press, who compared her voice and songwriting (favorably!) to that of Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams, Sandy Denny and Fairport-era Richard and Linda Thompson. .  (* John Conquest review, 3rd Coast Music, Austin)


 


...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.