The official music video for “Lucky Strike” is out now, premiering at Wide Open Country. Hope you love it. It’s mega DIY and mega fun.
Also, I’ll be on WSM Radio live on Friday, May 19 at 6pm CST! WSM is practically the birthplace of the Grand Ole Opry, and it’s been going strong since 1925, so I feel pretty daggum honored to be playing live on their station. Tune in here.
I’m so pleased that the record that almost didn’t get made is now widely available! Physical CDs and T-shirts are available in the Mary Bragg Store, and digital is available here.
It’s been a wild month leading up to this day.
‘Lucky Strike’ won the prestigious MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest last weekend. It was surreal and I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it. The Bluegrass Situation premiered ‘Wildfire,’ the second single from the record. The Daily Country premiered ‘Done Ain’t Done,’ the third single, and reviews for the album have started rolling in:
“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.” –Blogcritics
“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.” –Mother Church Pew
“Raw, vulnerable, at times even visceral, Bragg will transport you lyrically and with her remarkably emotive vocals.” –Elmore Magazine
This weekend was a whirlwind, taking in films and shows, and playing a show of my own before being named Best Country/Folk Artist at the Richmond International Film Festival’s red carpet awards ceremony. Grateful to have met so many new friends and am honored to take home this award.
Those 5 annual days in a hotel in Kansas City are as chaotic and inspiring as festivals come, but this one was particularly meaningful. Craig Havighurst does a great job here recapping what it’s all about – and I’m happy to have been mentioned in his article for Bluegrass Situation as having “hit a tender spot.”
Most days I write about life from my own perspective, but on this day I channeled the immense love of my parents… how they give and give and give. Congrats to rockstar mom Suzie Brown on this premiere of our song “Give” at The Boot from her upcoming record Sometimes Your Dreams Find You.
Pre-order Lucky Strike now to support the 2017 release of my new full-length record. Be a part of the story! When you Pledge to pre-order, you’ll choose from exclusives like handwritten lyrics, an original song, a fancy dinner party with me as your chef (I’ve got skills), and you can even have your name printed in the album’s liner notes.
Alright! Let’s do this. Together.
Also, I’m happy to be donating 5% of the campaign’s proceeds to The Sunshine House in my hometown of Swainsboro, Georgia; so, another small way to give back.