“Country music taught us long ago that at some point, anyone with a heart will fall to pieces. On her fifth album, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Mary Bragg explores the little cracks that lead to that undone state, and compassionately argues that it’s possible to reassemble yourself. Her clear, warm alto, reminiscent of Patsy Cline, was made for confidences, and these gorgeously crafted and executed songs touch the listener on a deep level, where insight occurs.”
-Ann Powers (NPR Music, 10 Best Albums of March 2019)
“Bragg has raised the bar, seemingly a daunting task after her stunningly strong previous album.
Yet, this is stronger. It’s one huge adult dose.”
“The opener, “I Thought You Were Somebody Else,” is pure classic country — both in arrangement and execution. With subtle yet effective weeping pedal steel from Rich Hinman, Bragg’s expressive singing here evokes an intriguing cross between Tift Merritt and prime Juice Newton, but the arrangement is straight-up last call at the bar, where tears of regret get swept up in the smoky haze of confusion and betrayal.
It’s a stunner.”
“Bragg’s wistful country energy radiates throughout Violets As Camouflage. Her twang extenuates the singular steely guitar in “Faint of Heart”. The jaunty instrumentation underscoring Bragg’s rich vocals in “Trouble Me Anytime” draw similarities to Patsy Cline.”
“Standout songwriter Bragg spins threads from years of experiences into a magnificent form of Southern storytelling. These new tracks are deeply personal, but not in a diaristic sense.
They are refined and draw from a stockpile of understanding that took years to accumulate.”
“Both songs depict scenarios in which the characters lay themselves bare, revealing pain even as they open themselves up for more. It’s a thread that continues through all of Violets as Camouflauge, which Bragg self-produced in her own studio, whether through the Nashville Sound-influenced “I Thought You Were Somebody Else” and its reckoning with deception or the gentle chamber-pop accents of “Fixed” and its reassurances against self-doubt.”
-Rolling Stone Country
“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.”
-Rolling Stone Country
“Infectious, smart, and resonant. If you love classic Buddy and Julie Miller material, you ought to know about this transplanted Georgian.” -Craig Havighurst (WMOT Roots Radio, Music City Roots)
Interview & Video Premiere:
“Americana Queen Mary Bragg just self-released her fourth album, Lucky Strike, a record that beautifully weaves rock, folk, and Americana.” -Annalise Domenighini
Interview & Live Video Premiere of “Bayou Lullaby” -Matt Bjorke
“With a voice like a clear mountain stream, rippled with emotion and swirled with a hint of gold-dust gravel, she infuses each song with a panful of passion quickened by intelligent lyrics and resonant melodies, all backed up by superb musicianship and production.” -Jon Sobel
Who’s New Interview with Annie Reuter
“Whether accompanied by upbeat acoustic licks or aching pedal steel, Bragg’s crystalline voice is the centerpiece of the album that elevates this revealing glimpse into her soul. Lucky Strike carries a distinctive authenticity, born through the intimate connection made with the listener through her vulnerable, soul-baring lyrics.” -George Maifair
“Raw, vulnerable, at times even visceral, Bragg will transport you lyrically and with her remarkably emotive vocals.” -Jim Hynes
Critics Pick: “Bragg applies her decorous voice to the material she wrote for Edge of This Town, which finds her exploring the tension between authenticity and success – a rich subject for an Americana artist.” -Edd Hurt
“Bragg’s naturally sweet and pleasingly plaintive vocals shine against a mixture of country, folk, and rock creating a magnificent collection of Americana.” -April Wolfe
“I’m trying to forget, Bragg sings with graceful sorrow.
But some marks last even longer than those in the title.” -Brian Mansfield
“Deft, polished balance of sweet,
nuanced folk and richly embroidered alt-country.”
“She’s got the voice, and she’s got the writing chops.”
“Known for putting on a powerful show.”
“Inspires tears of love, loss and real human emotion.”
“Assured yet vulnerable.”
“Delectable folk-pop delivered in a crystalline voice.”