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MARY ASKED TO SING DUETS WITH NASHVILLE'S DOUG SEEGERS
Mary was thrilled when Doug Seegers asked her to join him for a Christmas duet as well as on his hit cover of Gram Parson's "We'll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning."
during his recent Long Island show. Click here to view a video.


Mary Lamont with Nashville's Doug Seegers (b/w photo by Jim Marchese; color photo by Bob Huebsch)

MARY ASKED BY ALICE COOPER'S DENNIS DUNAWAY TO PROMOTE HIS BIOGRAPHY!
Dennis Dunaway, the original bassist for the Alice Cooper group, asked Mary to help promote his biography "Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!".
Along with the photograph (taken by Mary's husband/guitarist Jim Marchese) Dennis asked Mary to write a piece about her working with Alice Cooper's
management and about her band and radio show.  Here's the piece that appeared on Facebook:

MARY FEATURED ON COVER OF NEWSDAY'S "EXPLORE LI" SECTION
Mary was chosen to appear, along with Frank Latorre and George Bostick, on the cover of Newsday's "Explore LI" section to promote
the annual Cedar Beach Festival, which this year attracted over 7000 attendees.
 
L-R:  Frank Latorre, Mary Lamont, George Bostick (photo by Bruce Gilbert) 

MARY SINGS WITH CAROLINE DOCTOROW

Mary was happy to be asked again by singer/songwriter Caroline Doctorow to sing with her Come What Mays Band
at her Stephen Talkhouse show in Amagansett, NY.

Mary with Caroline Doctorow at Stephen Talkhouse, June 2014 


MARY LAMONT TRIO OPENS FOR ROD PICOTT AT UNIVERSITY CAFE STONY BROOK

The Mary Lamont Trio (Mary Lamont, Jim Marchese, Paul Johnston) had the pleasure of doing an opening set for
Nashville's Rod Picott at the University Cafe, Stony Brook University.

Mary Lamont Trio onstage at University Cafe; with Rod Picott, April 2014


MARY MEETS PATTIE BOYD-HARRISON-CLAPTON

Mary and Jim were thrilled to meet photographer Pattie Boyd at Morrison Hotel Gallery's "50th Anniversary of the Beatles'
First US Tour" exhibit. Pattie is truly a part of rock history royalty!


Mary with Pattie Boyd  


MARY AND JIM HELP RAISE MONEY FOR LI'S FOOD BANKS AT ANNUAL "ELVIS SHOW"

Mary and Jim were again part of the annual "Elvis Show" at the Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY, to raise money and collect
food for Long Island's food banks through RockCANRoll. The yearly event has raised thousands for those in need, and is always
fun for the many talented musicians and vocalists who join for the cause.

Jim and Mary at "The Elvis Show, 2014"  Photo by Ken Farrell


MARY SINGS SOME CHER IN THE NYRMA SHOW "1965: USA VS. ENGLAND"

Mary Lamont along with singer songwriter Jonathan Geffner, Jim Marchese/Dave Wise/Gil McLean on guitars, Steve Prisco on bass,
Paul Johnson on piano, Rich Hall on oboe and Tom Ryan on drums, teamed up to do Sonny & Cher's anthem "I Got You Babe"
at Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY.  Click here or on photo to see video


Mary with Jonathan Geffner, Gil McLean, Jim Marchese & Steve Prisco   
Photo by Andrew Fortier


MARY GAINS U.S. CITIZENSHIP

In May 2013 Mary was presented with an American certificate of citizenship, giving her dual citizen status. 
"After being a permanent resident for many years, I am honored to officially be a U.S. citizen!"


MARY LAMONT PERFORMS AT UNIVERSITY CAFE'S ANNUAL BOB DYLAN BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

In May 2013 Mary and husband Jim Marchese were part of the annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration at the University Cafe -Stony Brook, hosted by Charlie Backfish. Mary and Jim did "Don't Think Twice" with the band, which included Pete & Maura Kennedy, Rod MacDonald, Russ Seeger, Brian Kachejian, Steve Kaplan, Bill Herman.
Video at: http://marylamont.com/dylanucafe.htm
Audio at:  http://marylamont.com/dontthink.mp3
Thanks Bill Herman for recording, thanks Bart Gallagher for this photo:


JIM MARCHESE DONATES SPRINGSTEEN PRINT TO "PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR SANDY RELIEF"
Mary's husband/guitar player Jim Marchese donated a print to Backstreet.com's "Photographers for Sandy Relief" effort, with all proceeds going to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to help families displaced/struggling from Hurricane Sandy.  Jim, who was tour photographer for Bruce Springsteen during The River Tour donated an Artist's Proof photograph of Bruce and Clarence.  Deadline for entering ($25) is December 10th.  More info at backstreets.com/sandy


MARY SINGS WITH EDDIE CLENDENING
Mary once again had the pleasure of singing with Eddie Clendening (who plays Elvis in Broadway's "Million Dollar Quartet") at a Long Island show on 4/25/12.
Click here to view


Mary with Eddie Clendening (R) and Bobby Volkman (L)    Photo © Jim Marchese

JIM DONATES PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT FOR KACF SILENT AUCTION
Mary's husband and ML Band guitarist Jim Marchese donated a photograph of Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons onstage, taken in Stockholm, Sweden when Jim was tour photographer, for a silent auction at the Kristen Ann Carr Fund's annual "Night to Remember" at Tribeca Grill in New York. Signed by Bruce, the print raised $5,250 for the fund. Nice, Jim!  For more info about KACF and to donate, visit www.sarcoma.com
 
Jim with his photograph of Bruce & Clarence that raised $5,250; Mary with Steve Van Zandt at KACF event

MARY SINGS WITH EDDIE CLENDENING & THE BLUE RIBBON BOYS ON ST PADDY'S DAY
Eddie Clendening (who plays Elvis in Broadway's "Million Dollar Quartet") asked Mary up to sing
at his "Sham-rock-a-billy" show on St.Paddy's Day!

Mary with Eddie Clendening    Photo © Jim Marchese

MARY & JIM FEATURED IN LONG ISLAND PULSE MAGAZINE
Check out this great article on Mary & Jim in the February 2012 issue of Long Island Pulse Magazine:
http://www.marylamont.com/lipulsearticle.pdf
   

MARY & JIM HELP RAISE THOUSANDS FOR LONG ISLAND FOOD BANKS AT "THE ELVIS SHOW"
Mary & Jim were again part of the annual food bank fundraiser The Elvis Show
at the Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY. 
The sold out show featured many talented Long Island musicians and vocalists who came together to make a difference.
Thanks to Doug Kaye for this video!

MARY LAMONT BAND PLAYS NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY OPENING FOR CHARLIE DANIELS BAND!
Mary and band performed on 9/10/11 on the NYCB Theatre at Westbury deck (the first band to do so!) before
The Charlie Daniels Band took the stage inside.  What a fun night, and what a nice guy Charlie is!

 
Mary Lamont Band on Westbury deck (photos by Anita D'Anca)


Mary, Charlie Daniels and Jim, backstage at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
(photo by Anita D'Anca)



MARY HAS HER OWN RADIO SHOW !!!

Once a month, starting Sunday Sept. 4th on WUSB 90.1 FM, (streaming live on www.wusb.fm) Mary hosts her own version of Down Home Country
Check Mary's schedule for subsequent dates!!!  Mary's show will air once a month on Sunday morning from 11:30am-12:30pm.

MARY MEETS UP AGAIN WITH SID BERNSTEIN
Mary & Jim ran into legendary promotor/producer Sid Bernstein at Gene Cornish's birthday party at the Red Lion NYC in May.  Mr. Bernstein, who brought the Beatles to the U.S. and managed the Rascals, is 92, sharp, funny and charming.  Go Sid!

Mary with Sid Bernstein
Photo © Jim Marchese

MARY VISITS PAL GENE CORNISH
Mary & Jim met up with Rascals guitarist Gene Cornish at The Iridium's Guitar Monsters show in NYC.  Gene put on a fantastic performance alongside Jimmy Vivino, Johnny A, and Arlen Roth

Victoria Levy, Gene Cornish & Mary backstage at The Iridium
Photo © Jim Marchese

MARY MEETS COWBOY JACK CLEMENT!
Mary was thrilled to meet the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement at his NYC show at Joe's Pub in April '11

Mary backstage at Joe's Pub with Cowboy Jack Clement.
Photo © Jim Marchese

MARY & JIM VISIT FRIEND GARLAND JEFFREYS AT UNIVERSITY CAFE
Mary and Jim were happy to see long time pal Garland Jeffreys who returned to the University Cafe at Stony Brook University with his guitarist Alan Friedman for an excellent afternoon in March.  Great show, guys!


Garland Jeffreys at University Cafe; Mary with Alan and Garland / Photos © Jim Marchese

Check out a review of our Common Ground show by Patch.com's Tara Lamberti:
http://sayville.patch.com/articles/mary-lamont-band-sizzles-at-the-common-ground

MARY/JIM & OTHER AFM LOCAL 802 MUSCIANS GATHER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR NASHVILLE MUSICIANS
Nashville suffered a devastating flood, which damaged a lot of Nashville musicians' homes and instruments.  New York's Local 802 American Fed of Musicians (of which Mary & Jim are members) got together at Hill Country in New York City and raised close to $10,000 to assist their Nashville fellow musicians.  The lineup included Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal, Greg Trooper, Eric Weissberg, Footch Fischetti, Roger Mason, Jonatha Brooke, Danny Weiss, Tony Trischka, Skip Ward, Barry Mitterhoff, Laura Cantrell, Richard Frank & Stony Creek, Jon Sholle, Cliff Hackford, Mike Weatherly, Kenny Kosek, Mary Lamont and Jim Marchese (who also photographed the event for Local 802). 
It was a stellar evening!  To donate, please visit http://www.nashvillemusicians.org

Mary & Jim (with Richard Frank at left) at Nashville Benefit at Hill Country, NYC/ Photo by Eliot Wagner/NowIveHeardEverything.com

Rosanne Cash on the same show/Photo © Jim Marchese


Mary & Jim with Mike Weatherly, Jon Sholle, Kenny Kosek (not pictured: Cliff Hackford); with Richard Frank & Mike Weatherly
These 3 photos © Walter Karling, used with permission.


MARY VOTED BAND OF THE YEAR AGAIN!!!
BY NEW YORK METRO COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION


The New York Metro Country Music Association announced that the winner of the 2009 Band of the Year is: 
The Mary Lamont Band !!!
  Thanks to everyone who voted for us - this is our third time winning,
and we're so honored!
 (photo by Loretta Robinson)

JIM & MARY AT KACF FUND EVENT AT ROBERT DENIRO'S TRIBECA GRILL, NYC
Mary and Jim were invited guests at the Kristen Ann Carr Fund event, where Jim donated one of his limited edition prints of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band for auction (which went for $1000 for sarcoma research/treatment).  Little Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen were honored as major contributors to the cause.  And, for the first time in 40 years, all four original members of The Rascals (Dino Danelli, Gene Cornish, Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati) played a power-packed set to the adoring crowd, with Bruce and Steven sitting in on "Good Lovin'".  What a night!

Mary & Jim at the KACF event with Little Steven, wife Maureen Van Zandt, and Bruce Springsteen


Gene Cornish of the Rascals with Bruce Springsteen at KACF Fund event (
Photo © Jim Marchese ) ;   Mary & Jim with Garland Jeffreys


Mary with Bill Murray at the KACF event (
Photo © Jim Marchese )

MARY MEETS ROCK LEGEND IAN HUNTER
Mary & Jim met up with the legendary Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople) at his sold out shows at City Winery.  Jim photographed the show, and stopped backstage to sing praises: 
Ian, you've still got it!

Backstage at City Winery:  Ian Hunter & Mary (Photo © Jim Marchese )

MARY SITS IN WITH GREAT MUSICIANS
Mary was asked to sit in again for harmony with Caroline Doctorow at Stephen Talkhouse:

Mary did a couple tunes with Richard Frank & Stony Creek at the Cupping Room, NYC:

Gene Casey of the Lone Sharks asked Mary to join him and Buzzards members at Rodeo Bar, NYC:

MARY INVITED UP TO SING WITH LES PAUL'S TRIO AT IRIDIUM
Mary & Jim were invited to see the Les Paul’s Trio (the legendary Lou Pallo-guitar, Nicki Parrott-bass, John Colianni-piano, with guest drummer Jay Dittamo of Frank Zappa fame) at Iridium Jazz Club in NYC, with the amazing Jose Feliciano and the Trio asked Mary up to sing to a sold out crowd – wow...
 
Mary onstage with Les Paul's trio at Iridium Jazz Club; backstage with Jose Feliciano

MARY & JIM PERFORM AT "ZEVONATHON" AT BANJO JIM'S, NYC
Mary and Jim were asked to perform the Warren Zevon song "Disorder In the House" (Warren was featured with Bruce Springsteen on Warren's final CD before his death), during a stellar night of Zevon songs called "Zevon-a-thon" at Banjo Jim's on 11/12/09.  The event also included vocal performances by host Nate Schweber, Nick Beaudoing, Joe Cassady, Emory Joseph, Serena Jean Southam, Steve Welner, Eleanor Whitmore, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, Mary Lee Kortes, Jesse Bates, Charlene McPherson, Chip Robinson, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Randy Lee & Tony Graci, Mike Storey, Andy Mullen, Steve Strunsky, John "Chico" Finn, Lil Mo' & Drina Seay.  All joined in a "Werewolves of London" finale. It was a howling good time!
Eric "Roscoe" Ambel called "the Mary Lamont/Jim Marchese version of Disorder In the House one of the highlights of Zevonathon"

   
Mary & Jim join host Nate Schweber with a cast of top NYC musicians for Zevonathon at Banjo Jim's (photos by Eliot Wagner of Now I've Heard Everything)

MARY & JIM MEET LEGENDARY ROCK PHOTOGRAPHERS
Mary and Jim had the golden opportunity to meet Jim Marshall and Ethan Russell, who more than made their mark in rock photography.  They both had shows of their work at Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC.
Jim Marshall
has photographed jazz legends John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, many rock greats such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and those that defined the San Francisco scene.  Ethan Russell, one of the foremost rock photographers in the world, is the only photographer to have shot album covers of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who.  Two excellent evenings of great stories and outstanding images!
 
L: Jim & Mary with photographer Jim Marshall (photo by Julio Vega)  R: Jim & Mary with photographer Ethan Russell (photo by Rick Edwards)

MARY & JIM MEET WILLIE NILE
What a show!  Willie Nile recently performed at the University Cafe at Stony Brook (where Mary opened for Nashville's Jeff Black as well as Canadian supergroup Blackie & the Rodeo Kings) and talked before and after the sets.  Check Willie Nile out when he has a gig near you!

Mary & Willie Nile at University Cafe, Stony Brook  (Photo © Jim Marchese )

MARY & JIM CATCH UP WITH DINO & GENE AT NEW RASCALS CONCERT
The New Rascals, featuring Dino Danelli and Gene Cornish, performed a most excellent show at the Boulton Center on Long Island to an enthusiastic crowd, and Mary & Jim were happy to hang with them before and after the show.  Jim and Mary have worked with Dino Danelli on several photo projects and gotten to know Gene over the years as well.  Talented and sweet guys!


Mary & Jim catch up with Gene Cornish & Dino Danelli at their New Rascals show at Boulton Ctr, Bay Shore
(Photos © Jim Marchese )

MARY & JIM GUESTS AT AVERY FISHER HALL CONCERT
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and China, and the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, “Redwood, Sino-US Friendship Mid-autumn Festival Concert”, was held at Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall in NYC on the afternoon of Oct 4.  The redwood, which was planted by former Chinese and US leaders in China , has been the symbol of Sino-US friendship. Mary & Jim were invited guests of this concert, and were happy to see soprano Julia Zhu, whom they knew from the Mary Lamont Band's China tour, and who performed American and Chinese opera selections at the concert.  Go Julia!

Mary with soprano opera singer Julia Zhu at Avery Fisher Hall
(Photo © Jim Marchese )

JIM MARCHESE'S PHOTOGRAPH ON COVER OF NEW BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BOOK
Jim Marchese's photograph of Bruce Springsteen's silhouette, taken from onstage, graces the cover of
Louis P. Masur's Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen's American Vision (Bloomsbury Press). 
Available at Amazon.com


Jim's Bruce Springsteen photograph on book cover; Jim mets author Lou Masur at B&N-NYC

MARY VOTED BAND OF THE YEAR
BY NEW YORK METRO COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION!!!

The New York Metro Country Music Association announced that the winner of the 2008 Band of the Year is: 
The Mary Lamont Band !!!
  Thanks to everyone who voted for us - We're again thrilled and honored!

MARY & JIM PART OF SOLD OUT RAY DAVIES/KINKS CELEBRATION AT UNIVERSITY CAFE
Mary Lamont and Jim Marchese shared in a great evening honoring the music of Ray Davies & the Kinks. Other performers included James O'Malley, Gene Casey & the Lone Sharks, Caroline Doctorow, Maura Kennedy, Russ Seeger, the Celluloid Heroes (Aaron Palmadessa, Bill Sperl, Tim Strohsnitter, Michele Sivori & Bill Herman) with backup singers the Four Floosies.  A fun time was had by all! 
A CD is forthcoming soon on Paradiddle RecordsClick here for more info about Mary and Jim's track for that CD.

 
Jim & Mary with Celluloid Heroes' Aaron Palmadessa & Tim Strohsnitter; finale "Lola"
(Photos: Bart Gallagher)

MARY & JIM PART OF SOLD OUT DYLAN CELEBRATION AT UNIVERSITY CAFE
Mary Lamont and Jim Marchese were honored to be a part of the annual WUSB Dylan Birthday show at the University Cafe at SUNY Stony Brook, NY.  The sold out show arranged by WUSB's Charlie Backfish featured an amazing group of performers, including Pete and Maura Kennedy, Rod MacDonald, Caroline Doctorow, Russ Seeger, Rob Stein and Brian Kachejian, with sound by Bill Herman of Paradiddle Records. Joining Jim and Mary on their portion of the show was Russ Seeger on fiddle, Rob Stein on pedal steel, and Pete Kennedy on guitar – a magical gathering!  Click here to listen


Russ Seeger with Jim & Mary at soundcheck for Dylan Birthday show at University Cafe (Photo: Bart Gallagher)



Jim & Mary at soundcheck;  Jim, Mary & Pete Kennedy
(Photos: Bart Gallagher)


Rob Stein lends some great pedal steel; Jim and Pete Kennedy shake on a job well done
(Photos: Bart Gallagher)


Final song of Dylan show:  Mary, Caroline Doctorow, Jim, Rod MacDonald, Maura Kennedy, Brian Kachejian, Pete Kennedy

(Photo: Bart Gallagher)

MARY & BAND PLAY THE RODEO BAR, NYC
   
Mary's name in chalk at the Rodeo Bar;  Mary & Janis hangin' at the Rodeo Bar (Photos © Jim Marchese )


M L Band at the Rodeo Bar, NYC (photo by Loretta Robinson)

MARY & JIM MEET UP WITH LITTLE STEVEN AT KRISTEN ANN CARR FUND EVENT
Mary and Jim ran into an old pal Little Steven (aka Steve Van Zandt of the E Street Band, aka Silvio of "The Sopranos") at the annual "A Night to Remember" event to benefit the Kristen Ann Carr Fund.  Jim photographed Steven's first two album covers (and Mary styled and built the set for the 2nd album) and was his wedding photographer.  Check out Little Steven's site 
Steven R. Schirripa (Bobby Bacala, Tony's brother-in-law on "The Sopranos") came to support the event as well.
Jim donated a Bruce Springsteen print (taken in Brussels on tour with Bruce) for auction to support the Fund.
 
Mary & Jim with Little Steven;   Mary with Steven R. Schirripa "Bobby Bacala"


Jim with the Bruce Springsteen photograph he donated for auction to benefit Kristen Ann Carr Fund
(photo by Marc S. Levine)

MARY SINGS WITH SINGER/SONGWRITER CAROLINE DOCTOROW
Mary had the pleasure of singing harmony on a special song, Raven Girl, during the wonderful Caroline Doctorow's set at Stephen Talkhouse.  Raven Girl, written by Richard Farina, is a track from Caroline's fabulous new CD, Another Country-The songs of Mimi & Richard Farina
Be sure to see Caroline when she performs in your area!  You can get Caroline's CDs at CD Baby.

 
Mary & Caroline; Onstage at Stephen Talkhouse (l-r): Gary Oleyar, Mary, Mick Hargreaves, Caroline Doctorow and (off-camera) Andrew Carillo

MARY & JIM MEET THE LEGENDARY EDDIE KRAMER
Mary & Jim had the wonderful opportunity to meet recording engineer Eddie Kramer at his photo show opening at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC.  Eddie presented an incredible show of his photographs (with beautiful colorization of some by AJ Newton) accompanied by multiple famous songs he engineered, featuring photos of Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and many more.  Wow, Eddie!

Jim and Mary with the legendary Eddie Kramer (Photo by AJ Newton)

MARY LAMONT SITS IN WITH RICHARD FRANK AND STONY CREEK AT THE RODEO BAR
Mary & Jim stopped by the Rodeo Bar recently to see the amazing singer/guitarist Richard Frank with his most excellent
band Stony Creek: Mike Weatherly, bass/vocals; Steve Holley, drums; Skip Krevens, pedal steel; Bruce Kirshner, fiddle/guitar.
Richard surprised Mary in the first set by asking her to get up and sing with the band  - Thanks Richard, we ripped it up!
   
Richard Frank & Mary in sync at the Rodeo Bar, NYC; with Stony Creek members Skip Krevens, Bruce Kirshner, Richard Frank, Steve Holley, Mike Weatherly.

MARY LAMONT WISHES BARBIE A HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY

Mary Lamont stops by Bloomingdale's, NYC to wish Barbie many happy returns.
and join in on a model session with some of her closest friends.  Happy B-Day, girl!
And always remember that Ken is JUST an accessory!
Check out the fabulous book "Forever Barbie" by M.G. Lord

(Photo © Jim Marchese )

MARY LAMONT & JIM MARCHESE HELP RAISE FOODBANK FUNDS AT ANNUAL ELVIS TRIBUTE
Mary Lamont and Jim Marchese were thrilled to take part once again in the annual Elvis Tribute Fundraiser in conjunction with RockCanRoll, where $2000 plus tons of canned foods were collected to help local food banks. 
 
Tom Ciorciari, Mary Lamont & Mick Hargreaves at Elvis Tribute (photo:Jim Marchese); Jim Marchese performing (photo Emily Pfiefer)

MARY LAMONT TRIO OPENS FOR CANADA SUPERGROUP BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS
Mary and band members Jim Marchese and Cosmo LoCricchio had the honor of opening for Canada's favorite Americana group Blackie & the Rodeo Kings at the University Cafe in Stony Brook, NY in November, as part of WUSB's Sunday Street Acoustic Series
WUSB DJ Charlie Backfish, who puts together all of the Sunday Street shows, said, "Well, in our (almost) five years of doing concerts at The University Cafe, we've had some very memorable moments. This afternoon's show with Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson) and Mary Lamont opening has to rank near the very top of our shows for sure. What an incredible afternoon!"
Thanks, Charlie, we liked it too!  And special thanks to Paradiddle Records' Bill Herman & Tom Crawford for their podcast set-up!

Jim, Mary, Cosmo at University Cafe  (Photo: Bart Gallagher)

Colin, Stephen, Tom of BARK at University Cafe  (Photo:Jim Marchese)

Mary and band members with Blackie & the Rodeo Kings:
(L-R): Stephen Fearing, Cosmo, Jim, Colin Linden, Mary, Tom Wilson
  (Photo: Bart Gallagher)


SATURDAY, AUGUST 09, 2008
Long Island Country Queen


Country vocalist Mary Lamont and husband guitarist Jim Marchese, married for 23 years, led their five-piece country band in entertaining an audience at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight for the second consecutive year. Called the “Queen of Long Island Country” by Newsday, Lamont was twice voted Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year by the New Jersey Country Music Association, and was nominated Best Country Act by the Long Island Music Awards.
Photo by Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

MARY & BAND PERFORM AT YWCA EVENT IN NYC
Mary and the band were the featured performers at YWCA's Family Day, celebrating 150 years.  Honored guests included Manhattan Borough President Steve Stringer.  Congratulations YWCA on a stellar history!

Mary with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer

(Photo © Jim Marchese )

MARY & JIM SING WITH THE KENNEDYS
After their amazing show at the University Cafe, the Kennedys asked a surprised and thrilled Mary and Jim onstage to sing with them during their encore. Thanks Maura & Pete!  (Mary & Jim performed at the University Cafe March 30th, opening for Nashville songwriter Jeff Black.)

Jim & Mary with Maura & Pete Kennedy (photo by Gavin Melton)

MARY & JIM MEET AND SIT IN WITH BILL KIRCHEN
Mary Lamont and husband Jim Marchese had the pleasure of meeting the "Titan of the Telecaster", guitarist Bill Kirchen with his band Too Much Fun at their show at the Rockaway Lobster House in January.  Bill was of course one of the original members of the band Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen...and he's the man behind that famous, fabulous lead in "Hot Rod Lincoln", among other amazing guitar work. Bill surprised Mary and Jim by asking if they'd like to sit in with the band - Wow!  Thanks Bill - a true honor. 
  
Mary and Bill Kirchen; Jim with Bill Kirchen; Bill and Mary

JOHN LENNON PHOTO EXHIBITION FEATURES JIM MARCHESE IMAGE "DAKOTA MOURNING"
The largest photograph in the Proud Galleries (London) John Lennon photo exhibition will be a 30X40" print taken by Mary Lamont's husband/guitar player Jim Marchese entitled "Dakota Mourning".  The photograph was made during the day of John Lennon memorial in Central Park a few days after his death in 1980.  Limited editions of the photograph will be on sale at the gallery as well as on the Proud website at: http://www.proud.co.uk

Jim Marchese with "Dakota Mourning"


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN PHOTO EXHIBITION FEATURES JIM MARCHESE'S IMAGES
  (Click on image for larger version)
Mary Lamont's husband/lead guitarist Jim Marchese will have the largest number of photographs in a London group photo exhibition featuring images of Bruce Springsteen. Marchese was tour photographer for Bruce in Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Britain during Springsteen’s River tour. The photographs, which have never appeared in a gallery, will be exhibited at Proud Galleries in London from October 26 – December 2, 2007. Limited editions of the images will be for sale at the gallery, as well as on the Proud website at http://www.proud.co.uk
Samples of Jim Marchese’s work can be seen at http://www.jimmarchese.com
All of Jim's images at the show are printed by Duggal New York.

Funds are being raised at this exhibition for the Kristen Ann Carr Fund.

An video interview/tour with Jim Marchese of this Proud Gallery show can be seen at
http://www.westway.tv  (click on November 2007)
A BBC radio interview with Jim Marchese can be heard at:  http://www.jimmarchese.com/bbcjim.wma

Mary Lamont with film director David Lynch, singer/songwriter Donovan and husband
Jim Marchese at BBC Radio, appearing on the same show.  David and Donovan were
promoting The David Lynch Foundation for consciousness-based education. (Photo by Sarah Mclean)

MARY MEETS UP WITH EARL SCRUGGS AFTER A LONG TIME....
Mary and husband Jim Marchese had the pleasure of seeing Earl Scruggs perform at BB King's in NYC in October (Earl's in his 80s and still astounding - go see him!).  When Mary was very young, she worked for Earl's booking agent and typed Earl's performance contracts, and had a great phone friendship with Earl's late great wife/manager Louise.  Mary got a chance to reminisce backstage with Earl and sons Randy and Gary.  What a thrill, what a legendary family!


Mary with Randy, Earl and Gary Scruggs backstage at BB King's
(Photo © Jim Marchese )

HOW LUCKY CHINA MOVIE NOMINATED IN FILM FESTIVAL
The movie How Lucky China about the Mary Lamont Band China tour, directed by award-winning filmmaker Leslye Abbey, was nominated Best Documentary in the Long Island Big Fish Film Festival! 
About the film:  The United States and China Foundation picked THE MARY LAMONT BAND, an award-winning Long Island group, to represent American music in China.  This ground-breaking tour of Mainland China was the first of its kind for country music.  Mary and her band traveled over 23,000 miles and performed in Sheyang, Dalian, Guizhou Province, Xiamen, Beijing and Nanjing.  This movie follows the band on a magical musical tour across China, proving once again that music really is the universal language.

(Click on DVD Cover for a trailer)

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN PHOTO EXHIBITION FEATURES JIM MARCHESE'S IMAGES
Mary Lamont's husband/lead guitarist Jim Marchese will have the largest number of photographs in a London group photo exhibition featuring images of Bruce Springsteen. Marchese was tour photographer for Bruce in Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Britain during Springsteen’s River tour. The photographs, which have never appeared in a gallery, will be exhibited at Proud Galleries in London from October 26 – December 2, 2007. Limited editions of the images will be for sale at the gallery, as well as on the Proud website at http://www.proud.co.uk
Samples of Jim Marchese’s work can be seen at http://www.jimmarchese.com

All of Jim's images at the show are printed by Duggal New York.

CONNECTICUT RADIO ADDS MARY LAMONT SONG TO NEW! ARTISTS COUNTRY SITE
Connecticut’s country radio Country 92.5 added Mary Lamont's song “You Walked Away” from her CD “How Lucky” to the New! artists site.

BBC TO USE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN PHOTO BY JIM MARCHESE
The BBC will use a photograph of Bruce Springsteen taken by Mary Lamont Band's guitarist Jim Marchese for their 7-part series, The Seven Ages of Rock, showing in the UK, with possible future showings in the US. 
More info about this series can be seen on the BBC website
More of Jim's photography can be viewed at JimMarchese.com

Bruce Springsteen at Palais des Sports, Lyon, France, 4/24/81    Photo © Jim Marchese

MARY LAMONT LISTED AMONG HUGE STARS ON UPPERNORTHSIDE.COM SITE

The Canadian site UpperNorthSide.com features Canadian musical artists performing in the New York metro area.  Mary Lamont is currently featured (listing her Jones Beach dates) on their music page, alongside stars such as k.d.lang, Diana Krall, and Michael Bublé.  The listing reads:
Mary Lamont
June 25, July 16, August 6, August 13, September 3
Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell
Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
Web: www.marylamont.com
This summer Long Island-based Canadian singer-songwriter Mary Lamont and her band reprise their annual series of performances at the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell. Dubbed the `queen of Long Island country,` by Newsday, Lamont has been the recipient of ASCAP Plus Awards for the past five years.

The UpperNorthSide.com music page can be seen by clicking here.

MARY LAMONT IS MAY 2007'S ARTIST OF THE MONTH ON LONG ISLAND BLUES SOCIETY WEBSITE!
Check out http://www.liblues.org where Mary Lamont is the Featured Artist of the Month!

MARY LAMONT BAND IS VOTED "BAND OF THE YEAR" BY NEW YORK METRO CMA
The New York Metro Country Music Association has just voted Mary Lamont Band their 2006 BAND OF THE YEAR!

MARY & JIM VISIT JERRY DOUGLAS & BAND AT IMAC
Mary & Jim were so happy to see the Jerry Douglas Band live at IMAC Theater in Huntington (Jim photographed Jerry's solo CD, The Best Kept Secret, for Koch Records).  See Jerry & Band when they come to your town - amazing!

Mary with Jerry Douglas & Band
   (Photso © Jim Marchese )

MARY LAMONT MEETS FELLOW CANADIAN, SINGER/SONGWRITER FRED EAGLESMITH
Mary had the pleasure of meeting an outstanding singer/songwriter from her neck of the woods, Fred Eaglesmith, who performed at the University Cafe in Stony Brook in February.  Fred offered Mary a spot in his annual South Ontario Picnic in August - wow!  Stay tuned...

Mary with Fred Eaglesmith
(Photo © Jim Marchese )

MARY LAMONT MEETS UP WITH PAL GARLAND JEFFREYS AT STONY BROOK'S UNIVERSITY CAFE
Mary and her good friend Gail had not seen Garland Jeffreys for many years, and had the opportunity in January to say hello and hear Garland and Garland's longtime guitarist Alan Freedman at the University Cafe.

Gail, Garland & Mary recount fond memories
(Photo © Jim Marchese )

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