AHWAHNEE – The next in Robin Ralston’s 2013 concert series at the Coolwater Ranch promises an intimate musical journey, orchestrated by master guitarist Mary Flower.
First and foremost, Mary Flower is a world-class guitarist and lap slide player who swings the blues. Along the way, she’s mastered the intricate, harmonically subtle Piedmont style, with its good-timey, ragtime feel.
The Piedmont style forms the foundation of much of her work, but she’s an unrivaled interpreter of Mississippi blues and an ingenious composer in her own right, whose tunes take American music into uncharted waters.In the rarefied atmosphere where Mary operates, she’s recognized everywhere as one of the pre-eminent fingerstyle guitarists who continue in the rich acoustic blues tradition. In fact, she’s twice placed in the top three at the prestigious National Fingerpicking Championship in Winfield, Kansas – the only woman to do so.
While that’s remarkable enough, Flower goes beyond technique. She’s a warm singer who ranges far in the byways of blues and jazz for the kind of down-home yet sophisticated material with which she is so comfortable. Her skill is such that it sounds completely effortless, and those who have heard her music say you’ll feel happier after listening to her.
The concert will be Apr. 27, at 8 p.m. Suggested donation for the artist is $20 advance, $25 at door, with passes available at Mountain Feed and Nursery, and at Oakhurst Feed.