Mary — 21st Annual Woody Guthrie Festival, 2018

Woodyfest 2018: Mary Battiata

Mary Battiata & Little Pink at the Brick

Note:

This post was updated on to cor­rect the year Battiata began work­ing for the Washington Post. We orig­i­nally stated she began report­ing for the Post in . Battiata actu­ally started at the Post in .

From Killing Fields to Killing Audiences

From the momentThe sixth install­ment in our 21st Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival series fea­tures Mary Battiata. she began to sing “Trance” from the Brick Café stage, Mary Battiata had this writer’s short hairs stand­ing at atten­tion. The song, from her sec­ond full-​length release Gladly Would We Anchor, is a swampy, off-​kilter affair that sent shock­waves through the audi­ence.

Wearing one of the sharpest west­ern snap-​front shirts this side of Rob McNurlin, the petite native of our nation’s Capital made her first Woodyfest appear­ance on the Brick Street Stage . She was accom­pa­nied by Geoff Queen on lap steel gui­tar and David Carroll on elec­tric bass.

Battiata started play­ing acoustic gui­tar and singing in high school. She worked as a staff writer for the Washington Post begin­ning in before being pro­moted to for­eign cor­re­spon­dent cov­er­ing famine in Africa in the . Her next beat for the paper was report­ing on the war in Bosnia. On return­ing to the states she picked up the pen again, this time to write music.

Starting an alt-​country band in , she played some gigs at the now-​defunct IOTA club, an Arlington, Virginia venue whose lineup of local and tour­ing bands had inspired her to resume music in the first place. she formed her cur­rent band, Little Pink. The band’s fluid lineup draws from the best play­ers in the DC and Baltimore roots and coun­try music scenes.

Battiata has opened for the likes of Neko Case, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Baker, Gurf Morlix, and Alejandro Escovedo. She released her third full-​length album, The Heart, Regardless, The album gar­nered much praiseFor a more in-​depth list of awards and hon­ors the album has received, visit the band’s web­site. and appeared in the WXNA (Nashville) and the Honky Tonk Daily (Austin) Best of the Year lists.

— Chris J. Zähller

Gallery: Mary Battiata

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About Chris J. Zähller

International Man of Mystery. Cocktail Nerd. Occasionally designs websites. Sometimes snaps a picture or two.

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