Brooklyn singer-songwriter Mary Bragg will release her new album Tattoos & Bruises on June 7. The album is her third full-length release, and will feature the same accomplished band of players who perform in her live shows, including Rich Hinman, Steve Elliot and Adam Levy (guitars), Jordan Perlson and Brian Wolfe (drums), Jimmy Sullivan (bass), Mike Cassedy (piano, organ) and Marika Hughes (cello). That’s good news for those of us who frequently bemoan the inability of many country artists to attain the same sound live as they do on their star-studded studio albums.
I hear a great deal of new music on a daily basis, but this song really got its hooks into me. The lead single from the upcoming album, “How and Why” is available from “Hear, Hear!” as a free, legal mp3 download — right click the link and select “Save As” to download the mp3 to your computer. So give it a listen for yourself and decide if her pop country sensibility is worth promoting over the latest country radio fodder. I think a few listens in you’ll wholeheartedly agree. Tattoos and Bruises is already at the top of my list of “must review” country releases of the summer.
Watch Mary perform her song “Gone” on YouTube:
And if you’re going to be along the East Coast this summer, consider checking her out live. The following dates have been confirmed:
May 21 – Red Hook, Brooklyn @ Jalopy
June 3 – New York, NY @ The Living Room
June 10 – New York, NY @ The Living Room
June 17 – New York, NY @ The Living Room
June 24 -New York, NY @ The Living Room
June 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tin Angel
June 28 – Winston- Salem, NC @ The Garage
June 29 – Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic
June 30 – Athens, GA @ Hendershot’s
July 1 – Swainsboro, GA @ The Cadle Barn
July 14 – Clinton, NJ @ The Black Potatoe Festival