“Writing is the most vulnerable state that I’m ever in,” says Mary Bragg. “But there can be a real beauty in that vulnerability when you know you’ve written the strongest thing that you can, when you’ve paired a killer melody with a meaningful lyric that says exactly what you’ve always wanted to say.”
With her stunning new album, ‘Violets as Camouflage,’ Bragg examines that vulnerability in all its delicate splendor, holding it up like a diamond to the light as she carefully studies each sparkling facet. Self-produced and self-engineered at Bragg’s home studio in Nashville, TN, the fourteen-song collection is both beautiful and blunt, the work of an artist only just beginning to embrace the full range of her talents.
The new album follows 2017’s critically acclaimed 'Lucky Strike,' a collection which opened up new worlds of raw storytelling and emotional intimacy for Bragg. Hailed as a “sublime distilling of Southern grit” and one of the year’s best by NPR, the album prompted Vice Noisey to dub Bragg an “Americana Queen,” while Music City Roots called the songs “infectious, smart, and resonant.” World Cafe praised her “refined, sumptuously, melancholy take on Southern storytelling.” The title track earned Bragg first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, and the record’s second track, 'Comet' has racked up over three million streams.