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Fans of bluegrass, blues, country, Americana, Cajun music and other roots styles surely know about MerleFest. This great festival has been drawing music lovers by the tens of thousands to Wilkesboro, North Carolina for 27 years now — and we’re proud to say that the 2014 Merlefest has invited two members of the Yellow Dog Records family to perform!

Mary Flower and Fiona Boyes, two utterly unique and fantastic guitar stylists, will be at MerleFest this year along with Ralph Stanley, Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard, Old Crow Medicine Show… with over 130 acts scheduled between April 24 and 27, you’ll want to get in gear and get on down there! Say hi to Mary and Fiona for us…

BMA showcaseComing to Memphis for the Blues Music Awards this week?

Please join us for an exceptional lineup on the afternoon of Thursday May 10, before the big Awards event later that evening.

Our good friend Colin Linden will kick things off at 12:45.  We’re all in for a treat as Colin showcases the combination of exquisite songwriting and deeply rootsy blues guitar that has earned him accolades both as a solo artist and in-demand collaborator as sideman and producer.

At 1:45, gentle virtuoso Mary Flower will demonstrate her distinctive blend of ragtime, acoustic blues, and folk styles, boasting more stylistic diversity than just about any other artist currently performing under the “acoustic blues” banner. Mary is nominated as both “Acoustic Artist of the Year” and “Acoustic Album of the Year” in this year’s Blues Music Awards.

At 2:45, our own “Little Boogaloo”, Eden Brent, will take command of the stage to demonstrate why she’s been praised with superlatives such as “jaw-dropping”, “jubilant”, and “sultry”, earning nine Blues Music Awards nominations including this year’s nomination for “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year”.

We’ll be at B.B. King’s at 143 Beale Street.  It’s free to the public so please stop by, say hello, and enjoy the music!

We are pleased to announce that Mary Flower and The Soul of John Black have been nominated for the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards! It’s our 5th year in a row for having our artists as finalists in the IMA’s, and we’re happy to have such recognition given for their albums and songs.

Mary Flower’s Misery Loves Company has been receiving quite a lot of recognition this year, including two Blues Music Award nominations for Acoustic Album of the Year and Acoustic Artist of the Year. Adding to her honors, the IMA’s have chosen her latest release as a finalist for Americana Album.

The Soul of John Black’s latest release, Good Thang, has been nominated as a finalist for R&B Album, and the track “My Brother” is nominated for Blues Song.

The general public is invited to vote in each of these categories for the IMA’s “Vox Populi” award — visit the links below to check out songs from these albums and vote! Voting goes through July 27.

UPDATE: to vote in the “Vox Populi” category, visit the above links and once you’ve logged in, click the stars underneath song to “rank” it with a score from 1 to 5.

Congratulations to Mary Flower for earning two nominations in this year’s Blues Music Awards! Mary’s new album Misery Loves Company is nominated for Acoustic Album of the Year and she has also been nominated as a performer for Acoustic Artist of the Year.

It seems to be the season of nominations for Mary.   She is also up for “Best Female Artist” at the Portland Music Awards, scheduled to announce winners on January 22.  This comes on the heels of Mary’s recent Muddy Award for “Acoustic Guitar” by the Cascade Blues Association.

Congratulations also go out to Eden Brent for her 4th Blues Music Award nomination for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year, as well as Jimi Bott (of Woodbrain) for his 13th (!) nomination as Blues Drummer of the Year and to The Bo-Keys for their nomination as Blues Band of the Year.

The Blues Music Awards (formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards) are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. And best of all, you can vote in the awards process! Visit The Blues Foundation to join, and then this link to vote once you are a member. Voting is open now through March 1.

The Blues Foundation will present the 33rd Blues Music Awards on May 10 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, TN. Stay tuned!

Mary Flower appears on the nationally syndicated Mountain Stage radio program this week, as part of a star-studded lineup including John Gorka, cellist Lindsay Mac and songwriter/comedienne Cheryl Wheeler.  This week’s broadcast of Mountain Stage was recorded on the road in Grand Marais, Minnesota, in partnership with North House Folk School as part of their tenth-annual Unplugged concert series.

Mary performs a set together with Pat Donohue, including songs from her latest album, Misery Loves Company, songs from Donohue’s repertoire, and one brand-new tune that the two wrote together just before the show!

The program airs on NPR stations nationwide in a time slot scheduled by each local station. Check here to see when the show airs in your town this week.

  • UPDATE:  NPR has posted audio from the set – hear it here!

Mary Flower - Misery Loves Company
An artist whose mastery has elevated her to the highest ranks of roots music, Mary Flower is celebrated for her instrumental skills and engaging vocal style. Her new Yellow Dog Records release, Misery Loves Company, finds Mary hosting some of blues and roots music’s most accomplished practitioners for a series of duets.

Calling upon the talent pool in her home town of Portland OR, Mary sat down with ten instrumentalists — and one singer — to make her most intimate record to date.  Along with Mary’s dazzling guitar and unmatched lap steel, Misery Loves Company features a staggering variety of great players, from jazz pianist Dave Frishberg to multi-instrumentalist Colin Linden. It’s a testament to Mary’s ability to bring out the best in her collaborators.

Here’s a heads-up on three upcoming projects we’re excited about.

Good Thang, the new disc from The Soul of John Black, is just around the corner with a June 7 release.  The album explores R&B, rock, pop, and electronica, but it’s all about love: JB’s love for classic soul and blues, love of driving old-school synth-funk bass, and, most important, love for his family.  Check out a “first listen” preview track below.

Mary Flower is also in the studio recording a new album of her inimitable blend of acoustic blues, folk, and ragtime, which will be available in late summer.  The session sees Mary joined by a series of duet collaborators in what is shaping up to be her most intimate recording yet.

And the Asylum Street Spankers’ swan song, a CD/DVD combo entitled The Last Laugh, is in the works for a fall release.  Stay tuned for a near-future post with details of the Spankers’ finale extravaganza shows next month in Austin.

We’re pleased to announce that the song “Slow Lane to Glory” from Mary Flower‘s latest album Bridges has won the Vox Populi award for “Acoustic Song of the Year” in the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards.  Music fans from around the world voted online for their favorite independent label artists selected from the 250 IMA nominees.  Thanks to all the fans who participated to choose Mary’s song!  See all the song nominees on the IMA jukebox.

“Slow Lane to Glory”, an instrumental track from Mary Flower‘s new album Bridges, has been nominated as one of five finalists for “Acoustic Song of the Year” in the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards. The general public is invited to vote for their choice of best song in the IMA’s “Vox Populi” award — visit this link to check out the song and vote! Voting goes through the end of February.

Mary Flower‘s newest studio album, Bridges, is another chapter in the acoustic guitarist’s narrative of the diversity of American roots music, deftly melding ragtime, country blues, swing, folk styles, and hot jazz through the mastery of her fingerpicked and lap-style guitar playing.

It’s also a love letter of sorts to her adoptive home town of Portland, OR — the “bridges” of the title allude to the many crossings of the Willamette River that give the city its unique character, as well as metaphorically referencing the connections to many different musical genres that give Mary’s distinctive sound its own unique character.

As Terry Currier, owner of indie-music cornerstone Music Millennium, summarizes in the album’s liner notes, “Throughout her career, Mary has brought her own roots and blues sensibility to a wide variety of genres. Bridges is a unique, only-in-Portland blend that could only have been created by the versatile Mary Flower.”

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