Mary Battiata & Little Pink
Singer-Songwriter’s Band Features Alt-Country, Country,
Americana, Twang-Folk-Pop Among Its Repertoire
Mary Battiata and Little Pink, whose newest CD, The Heart, Regardless, debuted at No. 7 on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart and was named one of the top 30 Honky Tonk albums by the Honky Tonk Daily (Austin, Tex.), will make a national tour stop at the White Horse Black Mountain on Monday, Aug. 12 at
Battiata (pronounced Baa-tea-ah-ta – it’s Italian), who tours from her home base outside of Washington, D.C., named her band as an homage to The Band’s Music From Big Pink. Among her other influences are Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Hazel Dickens, George Jones, the Feelies, and Aftermath and Flowers.
The Heart, Regardless, which was released in November 2017, also made Best of the Year list by WXNA Radio in Nashville while the song “Things You Say and Don’t Say” reached No. 15 on the Roots Music Reports chart of Top 50 Country Song,” a round-up of airplay on 120 Country and Americana Country public and commercial radio stations around the U.S., and the album rose to No. 18 on the Report’s charts of “Top 50 Country Albums.”
Little Pink was formed in 1999, comprised of top-tier players drawn from the D.C. and Baltimore roots and country scenes. Members include Battiata (vocals, acoustic guitar), Tim Pruitt (electric guitar), Alex Weber (upright and electric bass), Ed Hough (drums, percussion) and Dave Hadley (pedal steel). The band has released four albums, previously including Cul-de-sac Cowgirl (2001), Birds (2003) and Gladly Would We Anchor (2008).
Some of the most respected country and roots media outlets around the world have showered praise over Battiata & Little Pink’s work:
· “Everything you most loved about Dolly and Rosanne is here, with heart-tugging hooks that snag like spurs.”–Andrew Darlington, RNR Magazine, UK (March-April)
· "Absolutely superb, isn't it?"Whisperin’ Bob Harris, longtime and legendary deejay of Bob Harris Country, on the air on BBC Radio 2, May 3, 2018, after playing "Sun That I Can Count On," from The Heart, Regardless. "The album is The Heart, Regardless from Mary Battiata and her band, Little Pink. Very, very interesting woman -- some of the reviews of this album have been sensational, and it's interesting that the songs are so well-crafted. She's a former journalist, so I suppose it's not too surprising ... But this is a gem of an album. It’s the first time I’ve ever played them... For sure I’ll be playing more music from this album in future weeks.”
· “Mary Battiata’s latest is no more and no less than a jewel of modern country.” –Dani Heyvaert, ROOSTIME.BE (Belgium)
· “Dark Country that hits the motherlode.”—Mike Davies, Fatea Records Magazine (UK)
· “She has made an unabashed Country album, and a great one at that.” – Charles Walston, The Hill Rag (Washington DC)
· “This is a CD of real country music, brilliant and varied, and very much as one would like to hear it. The songs are at a high level … The unstoppable country ballad ‘Things You Say and Don’t Say’ alone would justify acquiring this CD, as would ‘Can’t Take My Mind Off You,’ an example of the best honky-tonk. Oh, and I forgot: Mary sings superbly.” – Sam Pierre, Le Cri du Coyote (France)
Tickets are priced at $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event. Doors open at 7 p.m.