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Early praise for The Heart, Regardless:

Nothing less than a jewel of modern country ... I was in awe of Mary’s voice from the moment the record opens. What a great sound, what versatility. Mary wrote 13 of the 14 songs on the record and they are great songs, almost all of them in the Country idiom, although you can sometimes hear echoes of pop or twang. … Taken together, you can conclude one thing: This is quality contemporary Country. And the band members are, of course, co-responsible.” - Dani Heyvaert, ROOTSTIME.BE

“I seriously like this record. For one thing, I’m a sucker for Country and Americana that uses lots of minor chords. For another, all of the songs maintain a nice rhythm; I connect more to songs like that. And finally, Mary’s voice and Dudley Connell’s harmony singing blend so nicely.”
         
  Steve Hoffman, Program Director, WOWD-LP 94.3 FM, Takoma Park MD

“She has made an unabashed Country record, and a great one at that.”
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Charles Walston, The Hill Rag, Washington DC


Mary Battiata & Little Pink is the ongoing alt-country, Country, Americana,twang-folk-pop project of singer-songwriter Mary Battiata (pronounced Bat-tea-ah-ta – it’s Italian). The band name is an homage to The Band’s Music From Big Pink. Other influences: Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Hazel Dickens, George Jones, the Feelies, Aftermath and Flowers, to name a few.

Mary’s new CD, The Heart, Regardless, debuted at No. 7 on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart in September 2017, and in January 2018 was named one of the top 30 Honky Tonk Albums for 2017 by Honky Tonk Daily (Austin TX). It features 13 original songs, plus Mary’s cover of a modern honky-tonk classic by Baltimore-based songwriter Arty Hill.


The Heart, Regardless was co-produced by Mary and Dave Nachodsky and features a standout band of veteran Country and Bluegrass players from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond including Tim Pruitt, Alex Weber, Dave Hadley and Ed Hough, along with special guests Dudley Connell (The Seldom Scene), Mike Munford (2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year), Patrick McAvinue (Daily and Vincent), Ray Eicher, Larry Ferguson, Willem Elsevier, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, John Shock, Chris Watling and more. The record is available in CD and digital download from CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon, and streaming, on Spotify.


Mary tours solo and with band from NYC to L.A. and points in between. U.S. tour dates and radio promotion for The Heart, Regardless are underway. For booking and contact info in the U.S. and Europe, click here.

 

 

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Gladly Would We Anchor is the follow-up to Little Pink’s engaging debut, Cul-de-sac Cowgirl (Adult Swim/2001). Released in 2008, it features singer-songwriter Mary Battiata (“12 Songwriters You Should Hear” – Harp), at work with a band of standout musicians from Washington D.C.’s roots and jazz scenes, along with special guest Ben Peeler (the Mavericks, Shakira), and co-producer Philip Stevenson (Carnival of Souls, Quinine).

“Absolutely brilliant. Frontwoman Mary Battiata and her rootsy Washington DC band evoke Richard and Linda Thompson at their most lyrical on this impeccably crafted, often haunting CD.” – Lucid Culture (NYC)  

“Mary Battiata sings like an angel, resembling, variously, Linda Thompson, Margo Timmins or Rosanne Cash. Yet She’s clearly wrestling with some devils on this, the follow-up to Little Pink’s 2001 debut. … Even her choice of a Bevis Frond cover, the scruffy, power-poppy ‘Stars Burn Out,’ reveals a deeply cynical streak. (It’s about our heroes and their declines.) Ultimately, though, Gladly Would We Anchor isn’t a downer, because by peering into the darkness, Battiata is wielding the illuminating rays of hope.” – Harp

“Part twang, part folk, part pop, Battiata is not the most accessible of songwriters, but she’s all the more rewarding for that.” – 4-flower review, John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music (Austin TX)

“Best Songwriters of 2008” – John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music, Austin TX

“Songs that should keep listeners thinking – of Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash for starters, but mostly of how Battiata, in her own subtle, insinuating way, earns such comparisons.” – The Washington Post

“Tinges of Folk, forays into Alt-Country” – Les Enfants Terribles (Washington, DC)


 

“A shimmering roots rock pageant that shines with scuffed sophistication” – No Depression

“Battiata’s pipes and way with song construction are equally strong. She’s a real writer, so listen to the words. Think Emmylou or early Dolly … “ – George Pelecanos

“It’s interesting to speculate where Battiata learned to write so well; as a journalist in the 1990s, she covered the war in Bosnia. Does writing about the terrors of war make one more prepared to write about the terrors of love and loss? Surely aplomb is necessary in making either subject palatable for the reader – or the listener. On Cul-de-sac Cowgirl, it’s clear that Battiata has the mind, the voice and the band to make the songs go down easy. (For fans of the Cowboy Junkies, the Jayhawks, Victoria Williams.) – Benjamin Johnston, highbias.com