Mary Bragg

Tattoos & Bruises

Tattoos & Bruises by Mary Bragg
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  1. Mary Bragg - Tattoos and Bruises - 01 How and Why.mp3
  2. Mary Bragg - Tattoos and Bruises - 02 When Your Heart Belongs to Another.mp3
  3. Mary Bragg - Tattoos and Bruises - 03 Tattoos and Bruises.mp3
  4. Mary Bragg - Tattoos and Bruises - 04 Leave Tonight.mp3
  5. Mary Bragg - Tattoos and Bruises - 05 Hanging On the Wheel.mp3
  6. Mary Bragg - Tattoos and Bruises - 06 The General.mp3
  7. Mary Bragg - Tattoos and Bruises - 07 Gone.mp3
  8. Mary Bragg - Tattoos and Bruises - 08 Wildflower.mp3
  9. Mary Bragg - Tattoos and Bruises - 09 Morning Lover.mp3
  10. Mary Bragg - Tattoos and Bruises - 10 Hurricane.mp3
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Some question why a rural Georgia girl would spend 10 years in New York City, so far from home, from the capital of country music, from everything familiar. But when she was barely out of high school, Mary Bragg spent 6 months in Nashville as a sprite, eager singer, like so many – looking to be discovered. During one especially memorable meeting on Music Row, after hearing her homespun demo, an executive responded, “Honey, you ain’t got nothing to say. Go out there and live a little – come back to me in 10 years.”

And so, she lived. New York was her muse, her trouble, her chaperone. Three albums later, Nashville’s magnetism has brought her back to the South – with many a story to tell. Having just been accepted into the world-renowned circle of songwriters at The Bluebird Cafe after her 60 second audition, Bragg has already been warmly welcomed back to Nashville. After several years of growing acclaim on the Brooklyn Americana scene, she attracted overflow crowds for a year-long residency at NYC’s famed venue The Living Room. Her latest recording, Tattoos and Bruises, is a reflection of that series of shows. Produced by one of the genre’s contemporary icons, Lee Alexander (Norah Jones, Amos Lee), the album was recorded and mixed at The Coop, the studio belonging to him and his long-time collaborator, Norah Jones.

Featuring a number of her fellow musical luminaries and friends, and writing or co-writing all of the album’s songs, Bragg invited Alexander to co-write four of them, while three more of her favorite songwriters, Adam Levy, Colin McGrath, and her bassist/husband, Jimmy Sullivan, made additional co-writing contributions. The ten tracks that comprise the final album were recorded and mixed over 14 days in December 2010 at Jones’ East Village studio, with Tom Schick (Wilco, Rufus Wainwright) engineering. Backing Bragg on the album are Jimmy Sullivan (bass); Rich Hinman, Steve Elliot and Adam Levy (guitars); Jordan Perlson and Brian Wolfe (drums); Mike Cassedy (piano, organ); and Marika Hughes (cello).

Raised as the youngest of four children in a big musical family in Swainsboro, Georgia, Bragg lived in a number of Southern musical capitals – Athens, Atlanta, and Nashville – before settling in New York in 2004. Her music is consequently a seamless hybrid of her southern Americana roots and the downtown New York singer-songwriter community of which she became a key member before moving to Nashville in December 2013.

Tattoos and Bruises follows her sophomore release, Sugar (2007), which was produced by Darius Jones, and recorded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her debut album, Certain Simple Things (2004), was co-written, engineered and produced in Athens, Georgia, by Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum).

Drawing comparisons to Patty Griffin and Mindy Smith, Bragg has come to inhabit her own unique fusion of American musical forms, clearly heard and felt on Tattoos and Bruises.

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