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Mary Flower

Mary Flower, a 2008 Blues Music Award Nominee for "Acoustic Artist of the Year," is renowned for a uniquely personal vision of roots music that blends ragtime, acoustic blues, and folk styles. Technically dazzling yet grounded in the down-to-earth simplicity of early 20th century American music, Mary boasts more stylistic diversity than just about any other artist currently performing under the "acoustic blues" banner.

Flower has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for her natural, unassuming vocals, but it's her instrumental skill — a mastery of the difficult Piedmont blues guitar style that takes most players a lifetime to hone — for which Flower is most celebrated. Her fingerpicking forms the basis of a heavily syncopated, ragtime-based style wherein the thumb plucks a strong rhythmic base as the fingers etch out the melody. Mary also excels at lap slide guitar, allowing her to infuse her songs with a supremely delicate, plaintive sound that's hers alone while recalling the blues giants of the past.

Having finished in the top three at the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship and appeared on radio programs such as A Prairie Home Companion and played at numerous folk and blues festivals including the Kerrville Folk Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, and Merlefest, Flower is in demand for festivals, concerts and guitar workshops on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Albums

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  • Mary's most intimate album yet finds her paired with roots masters including Curtis Salgado, Colin Linden, and Dave Frishberg for a series of duets.
  • Deftly melds ragtime, country blues, swing, folk styles, and hot jazz through the mastery of Mary Flower's fingerpicked and lap-style guitar playing.
  • "A stunning collection… Providence must have kissed each individual finger on the hands of Mary Flower." —Cascade Blues Association BluesNotes
  • "Unfailingly sweet, hot and sassy – every track on this album has something about it that will give you shivers. This is one of the most satisfying albums of the year." —All Music Guide