Mary Battiata & Little Pink - Album Release Show

Mary Battiata

Little Pink is the ongoing alt-country project of singer-songwriter Mary Battiata. Little Pink's first CD "Cul-de-sac Cowgirl" (Adult Swim/2001) was recorded at Arlington's Inner Ear Studio and at the vintage- analog Scary Clown studio in Bethesda, Md., and its 12 tracks were co-produced by Mary with songwriters Karl Straub (Graverobbers, Karl Straub Combo) and Philip Stevenson (Carnival of Souls, Quinine). It was released on Adult Swim, the Arlington, Va. label of Dischord co-founder and Minor Threat drummer Jeff Nelson. No Depression called the record "a roots-rock pageant that shines with scuffed sophistication," and the novelist (and music maven) George Pelecanos wrote, "Think Emmylou or early Dolly, mixed with Richard and Linda Thompson." (Poet and music writer Richard Peabody also heard "Fairport-era Richard and Linda Thompson" in the sound.) The recording won a Washington Area Music Award for Best Debut Recording and landed Mary on Harp Magazine's annual short list of "Songwriters You Should Hear."
The most recent Little Pink CDs, "Gladly Would We Anchor" (Night World) and the 2003 live EP "12 Birds" were produced by Philip, with Mary, at Scary Clown and include guitar work from Stevenson and L.A.'s Ben Peeler as well as D.C. roots and jazz scene standouts Eric Shramek (upright bass), Chris Watling (accordion and baritone sax) and John Gnorski (Ghost Shirt). The record was released on Stevenson's Night World Records label in 2007. The influential music blog Lucid Culture (NYC) named "Gladly" one of the top 50 records of the year, alongside new releases by Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello, Burning Spear and the Bedsit Poets. The famously tough-minded music critic and journalist John Conquest (3rd Coast Music) named Mary to his 2008 list of Best Songwriters and gave "Gladly" four out of five stars.

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