We are so excited to announce our very own Nashville singer/songwriter and 2015 Telluride Troubadour Mary Bragg as our special musical guest for our Grand Opening Festival on May 13, 2015. Mary is an award-winning artist whose vocals and musical styling draw comparisons to Folk and Americana greats such as Norah Jones and Patty Griffin. Her latest album, “Edge of This Town” serves-up haunting yet powerful melodies and lyrics sung through a heart-wrenching soulful voice. Not only is Mary an award-winning recording artist, but she is also one of our dedicated volunteers at our East Nashville Farmers Market.
Originally from south Georgia, Mary moved to East Nashville in December of 2013 after ten years in New York City where she became widely-acclaimed in the Brooklyn Americana scene. After her relocation South, she immediately began shopping at the East Nashville Farmers Market and joined the Delvin CSA program. Every week, Mary arrived to retrieve her box of local fruits and vegetables, and eventually began working as an ENFM volunteer.
“I love the market for its entrepreneurial spirit–and of course for the local produce!” she says. “Each of the vendors’ passion for what they do keeps me coming back every week.” She goes on to describe why she likes participating in our community market through volunteer work. “It’s my small way of giving back to something that brings me a lot of joy.”
Last year, Mary won the inaugural BandPage/Zoo Labs Music Residency Contest, which enabled her to create her latest album, “Edge of This Town” at Zoo Labs Studios in Oakland, California. She has been busy with tours and co-writes ever since, and recently was accepted into the world-renowned circle of songwriters at The Bluebird Cafe. But when she isn’t touring, recording, or making huge strides in the Nashville music community, she is at the East Nashville Farmers Market helping customers connect with local farmers and food.
Mary is often found at the information booth answering questions and helping market shoppers, and also at the live music tent where she uses her expertise to set-up equipment. But this Wednesday, Mary Bragg will not be serving her community as a volunteer, but gracing our neighbors and market shoppers with her classically trained voice and deeply moving melodies. Every week, this gracious songbird brings so much joy to the East Nashville market, and we are happy we can share her immense talent and giving spirit with you, our market shoppers.