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Mary Flower, a 2008 Blues Music Award Nominee for “Acoustic Artist of the Year,” brings her uniquely personal vision of roots music to the most fully realized album of her career. On Bridges , the guitarist’s sound is technically dazzling yet grounded in the down-to-earth simplicity of early 20th century American music.

In unearthing obscure gems from the songbooks of 1920s and ’30s America to complement her own rootsy compositions, Flower explores and illuminates the complex relationships between Piedmont blues, ragtime, jazz, and old-time gospel music.  Unconventional instruments such as piano, tuba, accordion, clarinet, mandolin, and saxophone flesh out the arrangements on 14 tracks that, taken together, reveal Flower to be capable of remarkable nuance — as well as more stylistic diversity than just about any other artist currently recording under the “acoustic blues” banner.

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Track Listing

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Rhythm of the Road



There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears



Backwater Blues



When I Get Home I'm Gonna Be Satisfied



Columbia River Rag




The Ghost of the St. Louis Blues



Slow Lane to Glory



On Revival Day / There's Going To Be the Devil To Pay




Portland Town




Daughter of Contortion




Big Bill Blues




Temptation Rag



Up a Lazy River





Blue Waltz





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“Outstanding music from one of the world's best Piedmont-style fingerpickers and lap slide guitarists..." —Cascade Blues

"A luscious, lusty mix of rootsy styles, anchored by Flower's immense finger-style guitar technique and warm-as-honey-and-whiskey voice.  Her meter-perfect guitar work is inventive, dexterous and rock solid. Her voice is as comforting as a winter quilt and effortless as a breeze." —The Oregonian

Available from Mary Flower on Yellow Dog Records
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Bywater Dance  Funky and folky, bluesy and beautiful - sometimes sounds like Memphis Minnie fronting the Hot Five. But though she can recreate prewar blues with the best of them, Mary Flower isn't content to be just another curator of the classic blues museum.

Instrumental Breakdown Bluesy instrumental compilation featuring intricate performances from the only woman to place twice at the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship, with backing from a who’s who of roots notables.

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