'The Independent Music Show Magazine' October 2018 - Page 21

Mary Battiata

&

Little Pink

Featured Artist - 24/August/2018

Mary's newest recording, The Heart, Regardless, was released in November 2017, in time to make several Best of the Year lists, including WXNA (Nashville), Honky Tonk Daily (Austin) and more. In February 2018, Mary's song "Things You Say and Don't Say" (Track 4), reached #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 #18 and

#24 on the Report's charts of "Top 50 Country Albums"

and "Top 50 Americana Country Albums". It also rose to

#5 on the the small but mighty 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

(thank you Eddie Stubbs!) 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 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 DC and Baltimore Roots and Country scenes. The band's name, and its sound, were inspired by The Band recording, Music From Big Pink.

Mary Battiata & Little Pink is the ongoing alt-country, Country, Americana,twang-folk-pop project of singer-

songwriter Mary Battiata (pronounced Baa-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.