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Mary Lou Lord — Backstreet Angels (June 4, 2015)
♦ Backstreet Angels heralds Mary Lou Lord's return to the recording studio after an 11 year hiatus. Featuring songs that will move and shake whilst at the same time dig a pathway into your soul, it's packed with music that defines and unites the generations
It's been far too long since there's been any new music from Mary Lou Lord. Her last album, Baby Blue, was released way back in 2004, so by my calculations it's been 11 years. That changed yesterday when Mary Lou posted "My Buddy Valentine" on Soundcloud. "My Buddy Valentine" was recorded in honor of Buddy Holly, making the anniversary of his death a fitting day to release it. The song was recorded with Dave Mattacks on drums and Maryanne Window, ans was co–written by Nick Saloman (The Bevis Frond). Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, Backstreet Angels should finally see release this year! The song is typically upbeat for Mary Lou, and she hasn't lost a thing in the past decade. It's so thrilling to have her truly back.
Born: May 1, 1965 in Salem, MA
Location: Salem, Massachusetts
Album release: June 4, 2015
Record Label: Mary Lou Lord
01. Metal Firecracker 3:34
02. Cry For A Shadow 2:39
03. My Buddy Valentine 4:26
04. D Day 3:05
05. I'm Ahead If I Can Quit While I'm Behind 3:16
06. Let's Jet 3:11
07. Pipe Dreaming 3:29
08. The Run That I'm On 3:41
09. It's A Wonderful Lie 2:53
10. She Turns Me On 3:12
11. Ghost Writer 3:17
12. You Can Count On Me 2:53
13. By The Time My Head Gets To Phoenix 3:51
14. She's Still Bewitching Me 2:43
15. I Feel Better 4:42
16. Little Raglan Rags 2:20
℗ 2015 Mary Lou Lord
♦ Mary Lou Lord is no stranger when it comes to the music industry. She’s been around the block. Throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s, she’s busked herself into the hearts of many song lovers. Mainly, because she has a knack for “song–finding” and choosing covers that even the most obscure record gurus would appreciate. She’s teamed up in the past with Elliott Smith, a long time friend, as well as Nick Saloman of the Bevis Frond.
♦ Mary Lou has made a new album called Backstreet Angels. It’s comprised of 16 tracks of songs, which are a mix of originals and covers. The album was initially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, and has not been an easy affair. In 2013 Mary Lou had an accident that required several surgeries
♦ “ I fell off my fire escape trying to get into my apartment after locking myself out. Both my father and brother were fire fighters. My brother passed away the Christmas Eve prior to my falling from the fire escape, and although I did manage to break arms and legs and things, I honestly feel that my brother was at the bottom of that fire escape along with my father, like angels, telling me to jump. I wasn’t in the best place in my life at that time, and I feel I was able to let go at that moment, and jump out of my own soul–which was rapidly deteriorating. It changed everything, and I got another chance”.
♦ Another reason to celebrate, is that Mary Lou’s 16 year old daughter Annabelle is collaborating on a few of the tracks, and is on her way to a music career of her own. ♦ So, after an 11 year hiatus, this new album is a beautiful example of determination, collaboration, and the healing powers of music, and the love of songs, family and friends. We hope you like this record (yes, we still call them records)...Thank you.
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♦ Mary Lou Lord was born in Salem Massachusetts. She was a college D.J from the ages of 13–16.
♦ Shortly after graduating high school she went on to co–promote concerts with Bruce Solar who is the current Vice President of The Agency Group which is now one of the largest and most respected booking agencies in the world.
♦ Mary Lou attended Berklee College of music with a degree in Audio Production and Engineering. After Berklee , Mary Lou moved to London England to study at The School of Audio at Holloway Rd.
♦ While living in London, Mary Lou began busking and thus her career as a musician was born. “I had never really thought about being a musician myself until I became a busker. iI was great...I could play the same song over and over all night, and it really helped me out. The money was minimal, but it was better than being a waitress”.
♦ Mary Lou moved back to the States and began discovering bands and artists like Daniel Johnston, Shawn Colvin, and Elliott Smith . Since many of these artists had no records out, Mary Lou would do covers of their songs to help bring attention to them as well as create a solid repetoir of songs deserving to be heard.
♦ In the early 90’s, Mary Lou began to write her own songs and perform in the Subways and Streets of Boston and Cambridge. She attracted a very loyal following and built her fan base from the ground level–literally. She continued finding songs and artists that were un–discovered, under–rated, and beloved by music geeks and real music fans. She often would choose songs by artists such as The Bevis Frond, Daniel Johnston, Big Star, and a THEN unknown band–Nirvana.
♦ While busking one day in Harvard Square, Mary Lou met a young woman named Tinuviel Sampson. Tinuviel had started a label with a friend named Slim Moon in Olympia Washington called “Kill Rock Stars:. Mary Lou was invited by her new friend Tinuviel to go visit with her in Olympia which led to Kill Rock Stars putting one of Mary Lou’s songs (Camden Town Rain) on one of their compilation releases.
♦ Mary Lou soon began recording for Kill Rock Stars which got attention from Major Labels who were then very interested in the Seattle/Olympia scene..
“I was in the right place at the right time–ALL the time back then. I had great ears, and my friends were true music fans. It just worked out that way.”
♦ After releasing several EP’s for KRS, Mary Lou signed with BMG for a publishing deal, and shortly after signed a record deal with Sony. She released “Got No Shadow” in 1998. Some of the guesting artists on the record were some of Mary Lou’s closest friends and peers at the time. Elliott Smith, Shawn Colvin, Jon Brion, Roger McGuinn, The Bevis– Frond, and the list continues.
♦ The Work Group (the subdivision label of Sony) fell apart shortly after the release of Got No Shadow, and Mary Lou found herself without a label.
She continued on and did the LIlith Fair and several other high profile concerts and tours.
♦ “We are all rock stars. We are all interconnected and it’s never been of more importance than right now, that we ALL support each other.”... — Mary Lou Lord
Only full albums:
♦ Real — Deep Music (1992)
♦ TSWL (To Sir With Love) — EW Productions/Demo tape (1993)
♦ Mary Lou Lord — Kill Rock Stars (1995)
♦ Martian Saints — Kill Rock Stars (1996)
♦ Got No Shadow — The WORK Group (1998)
♦ Live City Sounds — Self–released, (2001) / reissue: Rubric Records (2002)
♦ Baby Blue — Rubric Records / Loose Music (2004)
♦ Backstreet Angels — Self–released (2015)
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