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Little Pink

The Heart, Regardless is a joyful tilt toward traditional Country from singer-songwriter Mary Battiata and her alt-country project, Little Pink. It features 13 original tunes from Mary and some of the finest players on the Mid-Atlantic’s Country and Bluegrass scenes, plus contributions from special guests Dudley Connell (The Seldom Scene), Mike Munford (IBMA 2013 Banjo Player of the Year), Baltimore songwriter and honky-tonk bandleader Arty Hill and more. From the acoustic twang of “Tall Timbers,” the tale of a sister and brother on the 18th century Chesapeake Bay; to the dark Tele, pedal steel and bodhrum pulse of “March 16” (an anti-war anthem set in Northern Iraq in 1988); to the second-line feel of “Six Miles Out,” and the early Country and Rockabilly sound of “20 Words” and “Can’t Take My Mind Off You,” The Heart, Regardless is a fiery charmer. Release date June 10, 2017, with national promotion and tour dates to follow. (Full artist bio, discography and performance info on reverse side.)
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Mary Battiata & Little Pink is the alt-country, “part twang, part folk, part pop” * music project of singer-songwriter and bandleader Mary Battiata (pronounced Bat’-tea-ah’-ta – it’s Italian). Out of home base in Arlington, Va., Mary tours from NYC to Austin and Alabama and beyond, and has opened shows for Americana artists Neko Case, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Baker and Alejandro Escovedo, among others. She performs at premiere roots music venues in the Washington DC and Baltimore area, as well as at the Hank Williams Museum (Montgomery Alabama) and the Hank Williams Festival in Georgiana, AL. And in recent three summers, she has taught a course on natural history and songwriting at the Augusta Heritage Center’s Classic Country Music Week, in Davis, W. Va.

“The Heart, Regardless” is Mary’s third full-length CD of original songs. (Previous recordings: “Gladly Would We Anchor” (Nightworld/2008), “12 Birds” (Adult Swim/2003) and Cul-de-sac Cowgirl (Adult Swim/2001).) The country and bluegrass sounds on “The Heart, Regardless” reach back to her childhood in the southern-looking Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. As a teenager, Mary listened to hours of vintage bluegrass and classic country every week on the local public radio station, becoming a fan of The Country Gentlemen, the Seldom Scene, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Mac Wiseman, the Johnson Mountain Boys, Tony Rice, and was especially inspired by voices and example of female artists like Rose Maddox, Dolly Parton, Hazel Dickens and Lynn Morris.
Fast forward to the late 1990s: Back home after a six-year hitch as a foreign correspondent (in Eastern Europe and East Africa), Mary was writing songs and forming bands. In 2001, she released Cul-de-sac Cowgirl on the Adult Swim label of Minor Threat drummer and Dischord co-founder Jeff Nelson. The record earned critical praise for its writing, singing, and driving alt-country sound. The live EP 12 Birds (Adult Swim/2003) followed, and in 2008, Mary released Gladly Would We Anchor (Nightworld), which was praised by critics who likened its sound to Richard and Linda Thompson-era Fairport Convention, and Mary to songwriters Rosanne Cash and Lucinda Williams.

If Gladly Would We Anchor was a meditation on life’s brevity and impermanence, The Heart, Regardless is a go-for-broke hymn of modest joy and clear-eyed resilience. Its 13 songs were written between 2009 and 2015, a period in which Mary become a regular at John Conquest’s annual March showcase, NotSXSW. (The famously discerning Conquest was an early supporter of Mary’s music – he gave both “Cul-de-sac Cowgirl” and “Gladly Would We Anchor,” four flower reviews and in 2008, put Mary on his three-name list, JC’s Best Songwriters of the Year.)

The Heart Regardless was recorded at Baltimore’s Invisible Sound Studios (Home of the North American Guitar Amplifier Musuem, and located in the warehouse where the bottle cap was invented!) The record was co-produced by Mary and studio owner Dave Nachodsky. The band includes the versatile veteran Baltimore guitarist Tim Pruitt; standout bassist Alex Weber; Dave Hadley on pedal steel; and Ed Hough on drums. Mary also called upon friends and special guests Dudley Connell (The Seldom Scene); Mike Munford (2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year); and Baltimore’s Arty Hill (Arty Hill & the Long Gone Daddys). Hill lent feedback on songs and arrangements during preproduction, and his song, the instant country classic “Drive That Fast,” is the only cover on the record. Other guests who contributed memorable and defining parts on the record include the Baltimore fiddle players Patrick McAvinue (now of Nashville); Anna Roberts-Gevalt (NYC); and Willem Elsevier. The fiery playing of Austin mandolin phenom B.J. Lazarus can be heard on many tracks, and Baltimore accordionist John Shock contributed the lovely second-line part on “Six Miles Out.” DC roots rock veteran talents Larry Ferguson (drums and percussion) and Chris Watling (accordion, baritone sax) rounded out the studio band.

Praise for “Gladly Would We Anchor” and “Cul-de-sac Cowgirl”:

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

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

“Mary Battiata sings like an angel.” - Harp

"A shimmering roots-rock pageant that shines with scuffed sophistication ...” - No Depression

"WHEN NOVELIST George Pelecanos recommended LITTLE PINK’s 2001 release, ‘Cul-de-sac Cowgirl,’ on his Web site, he noted singer-songwriter Mary Battiata’s ‘strong pipes’ and added, ‘Think Emmylou or early Dolly, mixed with Richard and Linda Thompson.’ Now comes LITTLE PINK’s follow-up CD, ‘Gladly Would We Anchor,’ 15 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



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