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Mary Battiata and Little Pink
November 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST$5 – $10
Mary Battiata, a singer-songwriter reminiscent of Dolly Parton and Roseanne Cash, brings her alt-country, Americana band Little Pink to White Horse Black Mountain for a national tour stop on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
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, Tex.). It features 13 original songs, plus Mary’s cover of a modern honky-tonk classic by Baltimore-based songwriter Arty Hill.
The group’s name pays homage to The Band’s Music From Big Pink. Battiata tours solo and with Little Pink from New York City to Los Angeles and points in between. On The Heart, Regardless, her song “Things You Say and Don’t Say”, reached No.15 on the Roots Music Report’s chart of “Top 50 Country Songs,” a roundup of airplay on 120 Country and Americana Country public and commercial radio stations around the U.S., and the album reached No. 18 and No. 24 on the Report’s charts of “Top No. 5 on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart, the report of 150-plus independent Country, Americana and Folk deejays in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Australia and beyond. Mary was raised in the Maryland suburbs outside Washington DC, when local radio was still playing hours of classic Country and vintage Bluegrass every day. She was singing and playing acoustic guitar by high school, and began writing songs in the mid-1990s, after returning from several years as a foreign news correspondent in East Africa and Eastern Europe.
She formed her first alt-Country band in 1997, inspired by the songwriters – local and touring – that she saw at her neighborhood music venue, the newly hatched IOTA club, where she played, too. In 1999, she formed Little Pink, a capable and fluid lineup of top-tier players drawn from the D.C. and Baltimore Roots and Country scenes.
Mary’s first two CDs of original music – Cul-de-sac Cowgirl (Adult Swim/2001) and Gladly Would We Anchor (Nightworld/2008) – were recorded in the Washington, D.C. area and released under the name Little Pink, as was Mary’s 2003 Live EP, 12 Birds (Adult Swim).
The Heart, Regardless has drawn raves from media around the world:
· “Everything you most loved about Dolly and Rosanne is here, with heart-tugging hooks that snag like spurs.” –Andrew Darlington, RNR Magazine, UK (March/April)
· ” This is a gem of an album. It’s the first time I’ve ever played them… For sure I’ll be playing more music from this album in future weeks. Mary Battiata’s latest is no more and no less than a jewel of modern country.” – Dana Heyvaert, Rootstime.be (Belgium)
· “She has made an unabashed Country album, and a great one at that.” – Charles Walston, The Hill Rag (Washington D.C.)