||Live at House in the Woods CD (2001) |
Mary Byrd Brown CD discography PRESS QUOTES:
"Mary Byrd Brown is a vocal photographer. As a songwriter, Brown's clarity and originality are the lifeblood of her music. Her humble honesty adds depth to her art and is a refreshing change of pace from today's two-dimensional pop." - Fly Magazine
"Mary Byrd Brown could be Ani Difranco stripped of her punk rock attitude and freneticim." - Tucson Weekly
"...a rising star...a litte bit of folk, an echo of Janis Ian, and a lot of easy-to-relate to feelings in this young woman's work." - Times Weekender
Maryland performing songwriter Mary Byrd Brown is critically acclaimed for her energetic and passionate performance art, and in particular for her distinctive rich vocals and her unique delivery that simultaneously invoke Billie Holiday and Joni Mitchell. From compelling grooves to spellbinding ballads, Mary draws from inspirations as diverse as jazzy torch songs and playful satire; "she glides gingerly between soulful, moody, minor-key moments and upbeat crescendos and everything in between." (Nicholson House Concerts). "A smooth guitar style, memorable voice, unique delivery, and terrific songs." (Country Roads Folk Festival) The Maryland State Arts Council honored Mary's unique voice with a 2003 Individual Artist Award for Vocal Performance. Her impressive career spans nearly two decades and credits include five albums, significant radio airplay, and shared stages with many folk and Americana luminaries such as Richie Havens, Tom Paxton and Loudon Wainwright III. Her latest recording, "Live at House in the Woods", showcases her prodigious range of styles and topics; from the breathy reflections on life's last moments ("Whispers") or the universality of childhood imaginings ("Liberty") to a sass-filled blues about falling for losers ("Dark Side").
Though well-established as a solo artist in folk music circles, her myriad interests are reflected in her signature style: "a slippery shuffle between folk, rock, blues, country and jazz." Her experimental folk-jazz fusion collaboration with top-rate jazz musicians like guitarist Rob Levit was highly regarded by Mid-Atlantic concert and festival presenters. She also ...