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Mary Scholz & South For Winter
October 7 8:00 pm PDT
Doors Open: 7:30 pm$15.00
The stage is dark. The ice in your glass clinks as you take a sip. When the lights come up, and Mary Scholz steps onto the stage, a warmth comes over you that has nothing to do with drink. Barefoot, with dark curls cascading, she is at once whimsical and grounded. Just one woman with an acoustic guitar, but she fills the room from the moment the music leaves her lips. The sound seeps into you like honey. You feel seen. You feel human. You feel loved.
For years, Mary’s stunning voice and evocative songwriting have made her a live circuit favorite. The Philadelphia native has toured nationally for over a decade and made several excursions to Europe. Every time Scholz takes the stage, she forges a personal connection with her audience. As the Music Junkie Press put it, “To see Mary Scholz live in concert is to fall in love. It is not just the flashing dark eyes or the crown of black ringlets or the confident, welcoming body language at the microphone. It is the voice and the lyrics — the music that flows from the stage…you know this woman and her music and you want to spend the rest of your life listening to her.”
Much of Scholz’s material considers how transitions color the human experience, as well as the side effects of love and loss. Her new record, Begin Again, produced by Jonathan Wilson, paints a panoramic, starry Americana landscape of these themes and more, from how we process life internally, to how we respond as a community. Tracked at Wilson’s studio in Topanga Canyon, the record was mixed by Dave Cerminara, mastered by Emily Lazar & Chris Allgood, and was released on July 22nd.
Lonesome, Mary’s 2021 EP, has been climbing the Americana radio charts, both for its toe-tapping title track, and the album itself. She also recently collaborated with Blue Élan Records to release “While We’re Still Young,” a duet with Taylor John Williams, as a part of My Friend: A Tribute to Rusty Young, which debuted at #9 on the Billboard Compilation Chart.
Known for her profound stories of womanhood that are at once personal and utterly universal, her 2019 release, “The Mother Song: Wild Womxn,” strikes a chord with its direct, yet poetic lyrics, and raw acoustic presentation. It mirrors themes found on her 2017 folk-forward LP, California, and her 2014 LP, The Girl You Thought You Knew.
Growing up, Mary had a deep reverence for music. She was always drawn to the spiritual resonance of dusty church organs and captivated by the lyricism of seventies sweethearts like Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. She grew up dancing, playing both piano and flute, and came to the guitar later, as a teenager. She went on to earn a BFA from the University of the Arts. But just as she would sing, years later, that she “knew about California,” she always knew her voice would be her primary instrument. On the road, she would also deepen her relationship to the guitar and begin a more nuanced level of exploration.
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