Mary McCaslin

Mary McCaslin

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Mary McCaslin represents an unbroken link between traditional folksingers and today's "new folk" singer-songwriters. Her music ranges from ballads of the old west to her own songs of the new west and modern times. Regarded as a pioneer of open guitar tunings, noted for her distinctive vocal style

Biography

GEORGE WINSTON
“A great composer and interpreter.”

TOM RUSSELL
"Mary McCaslin is an inspiration"

DIRTY LINEN MAGAZINE
“- a sage writer, warmly expressive singer and exquisite player.”

SING OUT! MAGAZINE
“- a songwriter’s songwriter."

NEW ENGLAND FOLK ALMANAC
"McCaslin's real-life western songs and earthy romanticism were profoundly influential among songwriters in the '70s. Too often overlooked is the great impact her guitar playing also had on the acoustic scene.”

L. A. TIMES (feature on mystery writer Walter Mosley)
“Mosley is a conundrum who pulls from Louis Armstrong and folk singer Mary
McCaslin with equal fervor and fascination."

LARRY KELP - KPFA, BERKELEY.
"She sounds as if she had risen out of the Western soil and became its voice."

Mary McCaslin represents an unbroken link between traditional folksingers and today's "new folk" singer-songwriters. Her music ranges from ballads of the old west to her own songs of the new west and modern times. Regarded as a pioneer of open guitar tunings, and known for her distinctive vocal style, Mary's influences can be heard in many younger folk performers.

She is also known for her haunting renditions of pop standards and rock classics, such as "Ghost Riders In The Sky", "The Wayward Wind", the Beatles' "Things We Said Today", and the Supremes' "My World Is Empty". Her versions of the Beatles' "Blackbird" and the Who's "Pinball Wizard" are made more unique by her "clawhammer" banjo accompaniment.

Mary's musical influences are as varied as her repertoire: The western ballads of Marty Robbins, the guitar playing of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, the singing and banjo playing of Hedy West, and the vocal inflections of the Beatles and the BeeGees.

Her songs have been recorded by Tom Russell, Bill Staines, Gretchen Peters ("Prairie In The Sky"), Chris Williamson ("Circle Of Friends"), David Bromberg ("Young Westley"), Kate Wolf ("The Ballad Of Weaverville"), Stan Rogers ("Down The Road"), Kate MacLeod ("Way Out West") and others. The Grand Canyon Railroad has used her song "Last Cannonball" for its promotional television ad.

Discography

CDs:

Mary McCaslin Music

* Better Late Than Never - New CD released 11/06 MMM001

Sweet Briar Records -

* Girls from Santa Cruz - DVD and CD of concert with Lacy J. Dalton and Ginny Mitchell - Mitchell/Collins Productions

Bear Family Records-

* RAIN - The Lost Album - Bear Family BCD 16232 AH (1968 Capitol recordings)

Philo/Rounder-

* "A LIFE AND TIME" - Flying Fish CDFLY203 (re-issue)
* "THE BRAMBLE AND THE ROSE" - Philo 1055 (re-issue)
* "THINGS WE SAID TODAY" - Philo 1149 (compilation of early Philo recordings) - 1992
* "BROKEN PROMISES" - Philo 1160 - 1994
* "PRAIRIE IN THE SKY" - Philo 1024 - 1995 (re-issue)
* "OLD FRIENDS" - Philo 1046 - 1996 (re-issue)
* "WAY OUT WEST" - Philo 1011 - 1998 (re-issue)

LP's and Cassettes:
Philo / Rounder -

* "WAY OUT WEST" - Philo 1011 - 1974
* "PRAIRIE IN THE SKY" - Philo 1024 - 1975
* "OLD FRIENDS" - Philo 1046 - 1977
* "SUNNY CALIFORNIA" - Philo 1099 - 1986 (originally on Mercury - 1979)
* "THE BRAMBLE AND THE ROSE" - Philo 1055 (duet with Jim Ringer) - 1978

Flying Fish-

* "A LIFE AND TIME" - Flying Fish 203 - 1981


LP (out of print)
Barnaby Records

* "GOODNIGHT EVERYBODY" - Barnaby 1969

Set List

Two 45 minute sets of original songs from the past 40 years and creative covers of rock classics such as:
The Ballad of Weaverville
Things We Said Today
Prairie in the Sky
Acres of Houses
Young Westley
Wayward Wind
Ghost Riders in the Sky
Old Friends
Don't Fence Me In
Back to Salinas
Down the Road
Way Out West
Last Cannonball
Pinball Wizard
Blackbird
Unchained Melody
Someone Who Looks Like Me
Oildale
Ghost Train
Bie Mir Bist Du Schon
Losing End
Santana Song
Lights of Spartanburg
Sabres and Guns
Northfield