New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter and "Americana Queen" (Noisey) Mary Bragg announced today the release of her new album Violets As Camouflage on March 1st, 2019 via Tone Tree Music. Self-produced and self-engineered at her home studio in Nashville, TN, the fourteen-song collection is both beautiful and blunt, the work of an artist only just beginning to embrace the full range of her talents. This morning, Bragg released her new single "Fixed," a tender, string-flecked track which takes on the skewed self-perception that many women grow up battling.
"It started as a message of, 'There's nothing wrong with you. You don't need to be fixed. You're so perfect; Please can't you see that?' kind of thing," Bragg told Billboard who debuted the track yesterday. "It's certainly how I grew up feeling. It's a message that I hope lots of young girls, and boys, will hear and actually consider as a possibility that, 'Oh, I don't have to be like what I'm seeing on my phone or on TV. I'm alright just the way I am."
Her most vulnerable, honest, and powerful album yet, Violets As Camouflage is the follow-up to 2017's critically acclaimed Lucky Strike. Hailed as a "sublime distilling of Southern grit" and one of the year's best by NPR Music, Bragg dipped her toes into a kind of radical honesty that she had only hinted at before, and it connected with audiences in profound and deeply personal ways. A Georgia native who grew up "where it's not super common to come right out and say what you feel or talk openly about your intimate emotional experiences," it was the first time she started to fully understand the importance of directly addressing really personal issues and hardship through song. It emboldened Mary to trust her gut in a whole new way on Violets As Camouflage where she reaches deeper than ever before, bares her soul, and opens herself up to the possibility of complete and total heartbreak in order to forge a strong and lasting connection.
The album's lead track "I Thought You Were Somebody Else" is also out now, a languid, seductive tune that feels both classic and modern at once. It's an ideal entry point for a record all about the stories in our heads, the little voices that delude us into hearing what we want to hear or weigh us down with self-doubt and insecurity. Rolling Stone stated "Like the long-lost ballad Patsy Cline never got to croon, 'I Thought You Were Somebody Else' mixes classic country twang with broken hearted sentiment and light touches of pedal steel." The Boot called it "A sorrowful, sparse song...lyrics floating along with a light drum beat, mournful guitar and Bragg's soaring vocals."
01) I Thought You Were Somebody Else
02) A Little
03) Faint of Heart
07) Trouble Me Anytime
08) You Rescue Me
09) The Right Track
10) This Feeling
11) Runaway Town
12) Sad Stories
13) The Highest Tower
14) More Than You Do
12/05 - Nashville, TN @ The Bluebird Cafe
01/18-01/20 - Santa
Rosa Beach, FL @ 30A Songwriters Festival 2019
02/13-02/16 - Montreal, QC, Canada @ Folk Alliance Conference 2019
02/22 - West Stockbridge, MA @ House Concert
02/23 - New York, NY @ Rockwood Music
02/24 - Washington, DC @ House Concert
03/07 - Decatur, GA @ Eddie's Attic
03/08 - Athens, GA @ Hendershot's
03/29 - Huntington Beach, CA @ House Concert
03/30 - San Diego, CA @ House Show
04/20 - Hayesville, NC @ Peacock Performing Arts Center
05/30 - Houston, TX @ Anderson Fair
06/01 - League City, TX @ Clear Creek Harbour Concerts
07/14 - Watchung, NJ @ Cozy Cabin Concerts