Mary Battiata & Little Pink | The Heart, Regardless

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The Heart, Regardless

by Mary Battiata & Little Pink

Alt-country tacks toward traditional country in this fiery, twang-folk-pop charmer of a CD.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sun That I Could Count On
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4:01 album only
2. Disappearing Ink
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2:23 album only
3. Six Miles Out
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3:25 album only
4. Things You Say and Don't Say
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3:52 album only
5. Tall Timbers
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5:18 album only
6. Big Big World
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3:27 album only
7. Can't Take My Mind off You
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2:48 album only
8. 20 Words
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2:02 album only
9. Drive That Fast
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3:45 album only
10. Seven Stars
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3:12 album only
11. March 16
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4:46 album only
12. Remember This
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4:56 album only
13. Knockout Boy
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4:51 album only
14. Sing Me a Landscape
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2:58 album only
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Album Notes
Mary Battiata & Little Pink is the alt-country, “part twang, part folk, part pop” ** mongrel music project of singer-songwriter and bandleader Mary Battiata. (The name is 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. For 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. Its country and bluegrass sound is an echo of a childhood in the southern-looking Maryland suburbs around Washington, DC, where the neighbors were transplants from the Carolinas and West Virginia. Later, as a teenager, Mary listened to hours of vintage bluegrass and classic country every week on the local public radio station (The Eddie Stubbs Show!), 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. She also drew inspiration from rich DC-Baltimore area rockabilly and roots scenes, including the music of artists like Danny Gatton, Evan Johns and the Slickee Boys.
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 pre-production, 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.” The veteran DC roots rock talents Larry Ferguson (drums and percussion) and Chris Watling (accordion, baritone sax) round out the standout studio band.

** "part twang, part folk, part pop" - from the four-flower review of "Gladly Would We Anchor" by John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music, Austin TX



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