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WHO: Mary Battiata and Little Pink

WHAT: Alt.country.folk.rock.uh-huh. Guitars. Harmonies. Tragic hats.

WHEN: Since about the last year of the last century, including opening sets for Alejandro Escovedo, Neko Case, Jim Lauderdale, Michael Fracasso, Sam Baker, Eilen Jewell as well as shows with DC’s Karl Straub, The Caribbean, Alice Despard, The Spoils of Northwest …

WHERE: Home base, Arlington Virginia. Catch us at IOTA (Arlington, VA), the Black Cat (Washington, D.C.), The Birchmere (Alexandria, VA), The 1919 (Baltimore, MD), Windup space (Baltimore, MD), The Hamilton (Washington, DC), Brewer’s Alley (Frederick, MD) …


 

 


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Little Pink is the ongoing alt-country project of singer-songwriter Mary Battiata. The band takes its name and inspiration from the sound and feel of The Band record of similar name. (Other influences: the Feelies, Dolly Parton, “Aftermath” and “Flowers”; the faded pink asphalt shingles on a house in Arlington, Va.; and, obscurely, a rose-colored cowboy hat and molded-tin Colt revolver from the Sears & Roebuck catalog circa 1965.)

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.

With the band and on her own, Mary plays regularly at the IOTA club (Arlington VA) and the Black Cat (Washington DC), The 1919 (Baltimore, MD), THe Windup Space (Baltimore, MD), and up and down the East Coast from New York to North Carolina. She tours in Texas once or twice a year, and has played the Blue Door in Oklahoma and McCabe’s in Los Angeles, California. She has opened shows for Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Baker and Eilen Jewell among others. The band’s regulars include Eric Shramek (double bass), Larry Ferguson (drums) and Chris Watling (accordion, baritone saxophone).

 

Look for a new Little Pink record in early 2013