Label: Picc-A-Dilly - PIC-3537 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Misprint, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Country, Folk
Mary McCaslin born December 22, in Indianapolis is an American folk singer who writes, records and performs contemporary folk music.
She has recorded primarily for Philo Records and traveled and performed with her ex-husband, Jim Ringer. Her music ranges from ballads of the old west to her own songs of the new west and modern times. She is regarded as a pioneer of open guitar tuningsand known for her distinctive vocal style.
Her influences can be heard in many younger folk performers. Her versions of the Beatles' "Blackbird" and the Who's "Pinball Wizard" are Cockeys Song - Ennio Morricone - The Music Of Ennio Morricone for her clawhammer banjo accompaniment.
McCaslin's music shows a variety of influences, including the western ballads of Marty Robbinsthe guitar playing of Blue Ridge Epitaph - Mary McCaslin - Blue Ridge Epitaph Baez and Joni Mitchellthe singing and banjo playing of Hedy Westand the vocal inflections of the Beatles and the Bee Gees. Writing of McCaslin's Way Out West LP, Robert Christgau said in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies"Without self-dramatization—she favors plain melodies and commonplace imagery and her singing is gamely unhistrionic—this woman explores Joni Mitchell's territory with equal intelligence, more charm, and no drums.
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