News Archive

MARY LAMONT BAND GUITARIST JIM MARCHESE INTERVIEWED FOR UK's MOJO MAGAZINE
JIM'S SPRINGSTEEN PHOTO FEATURED IN ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
Jim Marchese was interviewed by Mojo Magazine regarding one of his Bruce Springsteen photos which is included in the book Greetings from E Street by Robert Santelli (Chronicle Books).  The photo and text, which includes the story behind the picture, appears in Mojo's December 2006 issue.  The same photograph by Jim, an intimate shot of Bruce on the streets of Lucerne Switzerland in front of a record store window displaying his albums, also appears in the 11/16/06 issue of Rolling Stone.  Jim's photo was chosen by both magazines on both continents from hundreds in the book to be featured.  To see Jim's photo work, visit jimmarchese.com
Bruce Springsteen by Jim Marchese


BOOKS TO BE RELEASED IN OCTOBER 2006 WITH PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARY LAMONT BAND GUITARIST JIM MARCHESE
Announcing "Greetings From E Street: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band” by Robert Santelli,
featuring photographs by JIM MARCHESE

Greetings from E Street, by Robert Santelli, is the first and only collective biography of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band written with participation from its members by a long-time intimate. In an illustrated interactive format, it celebrates the life and work of one of the world's best-loved bands. Over 200 photos, documents, handwritten notes, and souvenirs join tour stories, reminiscences, and little-known facts to give readers a full picture of one of the most iconic bands, and musicians, in American rock music.
Rock journalist Bob Santelli begins the tale in 1960s New Jersey with the teen bands whose members--such as Danny Federici--would go on to work with Bruce, and illuminates milestones such as the founding of the band in 1972 (bringing in members such as Clarence Clemons and Garry Tallent), their first taste of superstardom with Born to Run in 1975 (with Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan now on board), their worldwide hit Born in the USA in 1984 (and a sold-out tour featuring Nils Lofgren, and Patti Scialfa), and their marathon tour of 1999-2000 (now with Steve van Zandt and Soozie Tyrell). Packed with rare and never-before-seen mementos and new stories, Greetings from E Street is a must for fans of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Greetings from E Street will be published in October 2006 by Chronicle Books.

Announcing "Bruce Springsteen on Tour 1968-2005" by Dave Marsh
featuring photographs by JIM MARCHESE

Authorized by Bruce Springsteen, written by his longtime biographer Dave Marsh, and packed with photos from Bruce’s personal collection, Bruce Springsteen on Tour is a glorious full-color tribute to one of America’s best-loved musicians. This gorgeously designed retrospective incorporates 350 color and black-and-white photos—many never before published—plus tour artifacts and memorabilia, and features an intimate portrait by bestselling rock writer Marsh following Bruce’s career from his first days on stage right through his 2005 Devils and Dust tour. Bruce Springsteen on Tour chronicles a great American musician thrilling audiences for more than thirty years, and is a must-have volume for all his fans.
Bruce Springsteen on Tour 1968-2005 will be published in October 2006 by Bloomsbury Publishing.
To view more of Jim's photography, visit WWW.JIMMARCHESE.COM

MARY LAMONT PART OF SINGER/SONGWRITER HOOTENANNY AT NYC's HISTORIC CBGB
Mary Lamont and Jim Marchese were featured in a July country singer/songwriter Hootenanny hosted by the effervescent Lindy Loo, puttin' the country & bluegrass back into CBGB!  They will again be featured for the final country show at CBGB (on September 3, 2006) before the historic venue closes. 
Here's a photo including Jim & Mary from the July show (Photo by Gail Rodgers) :

MARY LAMONT BAND TO BE FEATURED AT MAKOR IN NEW YORK CITY !
Mary Lamont Band will perform at Makor on Wednesday, June 28th, at 10:00 PM. Voted one of New York's best clubs by New York magazine, Makor Café has received accolades in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Time Out and the Village Voice. It has rapidly become one of New York City's hottest spots for live music, presenting an eclectic mix of musical genres, including rock, jazz, folk, cabaret, world, classical, electronic and everything in between. Past performers include such luminaries as Norah Jones. Makor is located at Steinhardt Building, 39 West 67 St.(betw. Central Park West & Columbus) in New York City. 
For more info, click here

MARY LAMONT PLAYED ON WFUV-FM
Mary's recording of "Poor Girl Blues", adapted (with permission of course!) from Paul Kennerley's "Poor Boy Blues", was played by John Platt on his City Folk Sunday Breakfast show on WFUV 90.7 FM with a reference to Mary's show at Makor on June 28th (see above)  "Poor Girl Blues" is from Mary's second CD "How Lucky".  Thanks John!

  Mary with the incredible Rosanne Cash

Mary with the incomparable Clarence Clemons

 
MARY LAMONT BAND HEADLINES AT INTER-MEDIA ART CENTER (IMAC) MARCH 31ST
The prestigious Inter-Media Art Center (IMAC) in Huntington, NY booked Mary Lamont Band to headline on March 31st with special guest Buddy Merriam & Back Roads.  IMAC presents an array of luminary artists such as Stanley Clarke, Little Feat, James Cotton, Mountain, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Roches, Derek Trucks, Aimee Mann....The show was a huge success, hosted by John Platt of WFUV 90.7 FM (Check out John's City Folk Sunday Breakfast show every Sunday morning from 8-11AM). The show aired live over WUSB 90.1 FM courtesy of dj Chris LaPorta (Listen to Chris on Thursdays from 8-10PM). Thanks to everyone who came out and shared a very special evening!
New  Click here for IMAC photos and review

MARY LAMONT AND BUDDY MERRIAM BRING A HOOTENANNY TO HUNTINGTON - NEWSDAY
 
Sunday’s 3/26 Newsday, Page G3 of the LI Life section, has an article entitled “Country folk come calling and singing” by Newsday staff writer Aileen Jacobson, which says:

IMAC is presenting the urban-country Mary Lamont Band and the bluegrass Buddy Merriam and Back Roads in its Long Island’s Own series, to be broadcast live on WUSB. The concert’s intended, says IMAC executive director Michael Rothbard, to bring “wider recognition” to musicians who “are every bit as good” as better-known ones.

Both have followings. Lamont, whose five-piece band includes her husband, photographer Jim Marchese, has played in mainland China and recorded albums (see www.marylamont.com). Lamont says her first record was a Johnny Cash album given to her by her father. She lived in a a tiny Canadian town and spent summers at the farm where her father was born. Her band mainly performs songs she and her husband write. “We grew up on rock and roll,” she says, but country music “just seemed to fit.”

Buddy Merriam, who plays mandolin, started his five-piece band 26 years ago, and has released five albums (see www.backroadsbluegrass.com). “Our circuit is from Maine to Nashville,” she says, and his band just returned from ireland, Scotland and England. He also hosts Bluegrass Time on WUSB 6-8 pm on Wednesdays.

Merriam says he got interested in bluegrass in 1972 when Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead started a bluegrass band. In 1976, he met Bill Monroe, known as the “father of bluegrass.” Later that day, Merriam was struck by lightning, temporarily became deaf and was hospitalized for 10 days. But he stuck with the music. “Bluegrass may not be for everyone, but it sure is for me, right from the heart.”

MARY LAMONT HOW LUCKY CHINA VIDEO TO BE RELEASED
We are very excited about the soon-to-be-released video about the Mary Lamont Band in Mainland China, entitled How Lucky China, by award winning filmmaker Leslye Abbey.  China was fantastic -- This whole musical tour was like our own Hard Day's Night, hectic but exhilarating. Our tour adventure covered some 23,500 miles. In most cases, we were the only Westerners on the planes and at concerts. And we were treated like gold wherever we went. Receptions and dinners were given in our honor; huge bouquets of flowers presented to us at every show with rousing encores. We couldn't have asked for a better reception. This musical tour was truly a groundbreaking event for all involved: this type of thing had never been done before. People halfway round the world fell in love with Mary's beautiful voice and kindred spirit. Tsia-Tsia (thank you) China - Jim Marchese, The Mary Lamont Band

Click here to see the How Lucky China trailer!


MARY LAMONT WITH COOL LADIES
Mary recently met up with some fabulous singer/songwriters:

Jen Chapin and Mary, both part of IMAC'S Long Island's Own series


Cathie Ryan and Mary at Folk Music Society of Huntington


Mary with Sonya Kitchell following her set at IMAC

JIM MARCHESE FROM MARY LAMONT BAND ATTENDS CMA AWARDS
Jim Marchese of the Mary Lamont Band had the exciting adventure of attending the CMA Awards in November at Madison Square Garden (Jim got an invitation at the last minute), sitting five rows from the stage, next to Glen Campbell’s wife Kim, and across the aisle from Martina McBride, Kris Kristofferson, Dierks Bentley, Jeff Hanna from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Jeff’s singer/songwriter wife Matraca Berg. Randy Owens from Alabama was right behind him, Montgomery Gentry was in front of him, and Lonestar were in front of him to the right. Big winner of the evening Keith Urban was just a couple seats away too. Nice company! Dobro player extraordinaire Jerry Douglas from Alison Kraus & Union Station won CMA Musician of the Year - good going, Jerry! (Jim photographed Jerry’s latest solo CD The Best Kept Secret on Koch Records – check out Jerry’s cover and a picture of Mary Lamont and Jerry during the photo shoot at http://www.marylamont.com/news.htm). Jim ran into and spoke with Randy Scruggs, son of Earl Scruggs and past CMA Musician of the Year and nominee for this year (Jim and Mary have known the Scruggs family for many years). If you have a tape of the show, when they’re announcing the Female Vocalist award, and name nominee Martina McBride, you can see Jim in the background, wearing a tux and black beret. Unfortunately, Martina didn’t win, so there weren’t more shots of Jim! (Gretchen Wilson won the award.) All in all, it was a fantastic experience, especially from the point of view of a musician seeing the technical logistics of a live network TV show.

MARY QUOTED IN CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
On November 15th, Mary was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor article "Country's big show - in the Big Apple" by Alexandra Marks, about the CMA Awards being held in New York City at Madison Square Garden:
...And don't overlook the millions of very serious country music fans in the metropolitan area, who are very much hoping that as a result of all the CMA hoopla, the city will finally get something that from their perspective it desperately needs: a country music radio station. "There are a lot of country music fans here, and maybe the powers that be in radio will be watching this with great interest," says country singer Mary Lamont, who has been dubbed the Queen of Long Island Country. "And then, God willing, we're going to get ourselves a radio station."

MARY FEATURED IN NEWSDAY
On November 7th, Mary was interviewed and pictured in Newsday's article by Rob Fouch on Country Style:
....People who are passionate about it find that network wherever they are.
Mary Lamont can attest to that passion. Lead singer of the Mary Lamont Band for 10 years, she's perhaps the queen of Long Island country. The kingdom is small - and became smaller a few years back when the only country station changed format - but her subjects are loyal.
"Within the Long Island community, the country music community is pretty tight-knit," she said. "Any country music fan is a diehard music fan."
Style, she said, is an important part of her performances. Growing up, she idolized Dolly Parton, dazzled by her flamboyance. Lamont incorporates some of that flashiness into her own costumes.
"The more sequins the better," she said with a laugh. She haunts the local thrift shop to keep costs down and to be able to wear a different outfit at each show.
"Everyone has problems, including me," she says. "But for that moment onstage, if I can put across some sort of positive thing and make people have fun - and the costuming goes into getting people to have fun - that helps people put aside those problems for an hour. That's why, when you see country fans on Long Island going to an event, they get dressed up - because it's fun."


MARY AND JIM ARE ASCAPPLUS AWARD RECIPIENTS AGAIN!
ASCAP has again awarded Mary Lamont and husband Jim Marchese the ASCAPPlus Awards for performance of their original songs. This is 5 years in a row – Thanks ASCAP!

MARY LAMONT BAND RAISES THOUSANDS FOR KATRINA VICTIMS
More good news: The Katrina fundraiser we did October 1st at the Cherrywood Café in Wantagh raised a couple thousand dollars for the American Red Cross – thanks again to all of you who came out to make it a success!

MARY LAMONT DONATES PROFITS FROM CDBABY.COM CD SALES TO RED CROSS FOR HURRICANE RELIEF
Mary and Jim donated all profits from CDBABY.COM sales of their 2nd CD “How Lucky” to the American Red Cross for Katrina relief for several weeks. CD Baby has already sent money to the Amercian Red Cross from her CD sales! If you would like to purchase Mary's 2nd CD, go to:  http://cdbaby.com/cd/marylamont2

MARY FEATURED ON ASCAP AUDIO PORTRAITS
ASCAP
has selected singer/songwriter Mary Lamont to be featured on their prestigious Audio Portraits, found at WWW.ASCAP.COM.  ASCAP and Behind the Beat teamed up to produce Audio Portraits, weekly updated audio profiles on a wide range of talented ASCAP members with promising new releases. Mary's ASCAP Audio Portrait can be found at http://www.ascap.com/audioportraits/mary_lamont.html . You can also see Mary's Audio Portrait at Behind the Beat.net
Jim & Mary, photo by Allison Pye


JIM MARCHESE PHOTOGRAPHS JERRY DOUGLAS CD FOR KOCH RECORDS
Mary's husband Jim, besides being a great guitarist, is also a great photographer. He was asked to photograph virtuoso dobro player Jerry Douglas for Jerry’s next solo CD on Koch Records. If you haven’t heard Jerry on the 1,600 music projects he’s been a part of (to name a few: Amy Grant, Art Garfunkel, the Chieftains, Clint Black, Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, George Jones, James Taylor, John Fogerty, Paul Simon, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Randy Scruggs, Reba McIntire, Ricky Skaggs, Sara Evans, Tammy Wynette, Tanya Tucker, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Waylon Jennings – you get the picture!!!), or seen him win all his Grammy Awards, you’ve probably seen him as part of his main band: Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas. Jerry and his wife Jill, Jim and Mary (who assisted during the photo shoot) ran all over New York City, having a great time photographing Jerry.
Take a look at Jim’s other photo work at: www.jimmarchese.com
   
  
Jerry Douglas & Mary (photo assisting on Jim's shoot); Jerry's finished CD cover; Jim "shoots" Jerry Douglas in Little Italy, NYC

MARY MEETS ONE OF HER FAVORITES, CHRIS ISAAK
Mary and Jim got to meet Chris Isaak and bandmates Rowland Salley (bass) & Hershel Yatovitz (lead guitar) at Chris' recent show at North Fork Theatre at Westbury.  When Mary told Chris that her band covers his song "Let Me Down Easy", Chris told Mary, with his usual deadpan wit, to "keep us in mind - we make a pretty good opening act."   See Chris live for a really fun show, or catch "The Chris Isaak Show" on Showtime.

Mary with Chris Isaak

WFUV 90.7 FM PLAYS MARY LAMONT BAND
New York's WFUV deejay John Platt played Mary Lamont's version of "These Boots Are Made for Walking" on his popular show "City Folk Sunday Breakfast" (Sundays from 8-11AM).  Originally written by Lee Hazelwood and originally recorded by Nancy Sinatra, the song has been recently covered by Jessica Simpson and Willlie Nelson for the movie "The Dukes of Hazzard".  Thank you John!

MARY LAMONT MEETS SINGER/SONGWRITER GREAT RICHARD THOMPSON
Mary and Jim had the thrill of meeting the fabulous Richard Thompson after his show at IMAC in Huntington.  (For some time, Mary has been performing Thompson's "Keep Your Distance", which has just been recorded and released by Patty Loveless.)  What a nice guy!
Mary and Richard Thompson

MARY LAMONT BAND RETURNS FOR SIXTH YEAR TO JONES BEACH BOARDWALK BANDSHELL SUMMER 2005
Mary returns to perform to thousands again this summer at the Beach....And we hope you'll join us!  Please note:  This year the band will perform selected THURSDAYS through the summer - Our first Jones Beach show this season will be THURSDAY, June 30th. Check our website for specific dates and prizes - AND THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

Click here for more Jones Beach photos

MARY LAMONT INCLUDED IN "UPPERNORTHSIDE.COM" LISTINGS
Upper North Side, the "virtual Canadian neighborhood in New York", where you can find up-to-the minute information on Canadian news and events in the greater New York City area, has included Mary Lamont in its prestigious listings. The Upper North Side strives to seek out, invent and publicize, in collaboration with American and Canadian partners, the large number of Canadian events - whether dealing with culture, business or public policy - taking place in New York and the surrounding territory. They put the spotlight on the innovation and creativity that Canada has to offer, whether you're interested in dance, theater, music, visual arts, literature, or film. 

The Upper North Side listing is for an upcoming Mary Lamont performance:
Born and raised in rural Ontario, singer/songwriter Mary Lamont has created a wonderful niche for herself stateside as a purveyor of rich, alt-country songs (think a Canadian Lucinda Williams). Fresh off a summer that included weekly concerts at the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell (she`s been there every summer since 2001), Lamont is playing this special gig as part of the Brentwood Library`s ongoing cultural programs. Newsday listed Lamont as one of Long Island`s hottest acts, and she and her husband Jim are recipients of the ASCAP Plus Awards four years running.

LEGENDARY BUDDY CAGE PLAYS WITH MARY LAMONT BAND
On October 2, 2004, the incomparable Buddy Cage joined the Mary Lamont Band onstage at Babylon Town Hall for a very memorable concert.  Buddy has played on 8 gold & platinum albums by artists such as Bob Dylan, Anne Murray, and of course as a longtime member of New Riders of the Purple Sage, Mary, Jim and the band were so honored to have Buddy as their guest pedal steel player - thanks Buddy!

    
Buddy Cage with Mary Lamont and Band
Group photo by Eric Marchese

JIM MARCHESE CHOSEN AS CONNECTION BETWEEN TRUMP AND SPRINGSTEEN
Venture Capital Journal, a national financial magazine, selected Jim as a connection between two major American celebrities in their October issue, part of their ongoing section entitled "Six Degrees of Separation", as follows...."Donald Trump, the real estate mogul whose casino and hotel company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August. Trump is a regular showboat, and has been photographed by ... Jim Marchese, a professional shutterbug best known for his candid shots of ... Bruce Springsteen (a.k.a. The Boss), who is touring the country right now in support of John Kerry's candidacy. Actually, his tour is more against President Bush than for John Kerry, but it's all the same unless Nader voters make the same mistake twice." --Dan Primack, Editor-at-Large, Venture Capital Journal

MARY LAMONT BAND COMPLETES ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SUMMER AT JONES BEACH

Mary and the band had another great summer, with 21 shows, at the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell.  For photos, click here.

BACKSTAGE AT SUMMERSTAGE WITH EMMYLOU HARRIS
On August 18, 2004, Mary Lamont and Jim Marchese were invited by Central Park's Summerstage to be guests backstage, and had the opportunity to meet many artists they admire: Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, and Patty Griffin, on their "Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue" tour.  For photos,
click here.

Mary with Emmylou Harris backstage at Summerstage. More photos

NEWSDAY FEATURE'S MARY'S JONES BEACH BANDSHELL SHOWS IN SPECIAL ISSUE
Newsday,
Long Island's leading daily newspaper, featured the Mary Lamont Band in their special issue cover story, "LI Life: Jones Beach at 75" celebrating the 75th anniversary of Long Island's biggest and most popular summer destination:

            

JIM LAUDERDALE DEDICATES SONG TO MARY AT WESTBURY MUSIC FAIR
On one of their rare nights off this summer, Mary Lamont and her husband Jim Marchese were guests of Westbury Music Fair to see Mary Chapin-Carpenter perform, with opening act Jim Lauderdale, a celebrated, singer-songwriter who has penned numerous hits (performed by such Nashville luminaries as George Strait, George Jones, Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Dixie Chicks and many more).  Mary and Jim went backstage to say hello, and were thrilled that during his show that night, Lauderdale dedicated his award-winning song "You Don't Seem to Miss Me" to Mary (this song was previously recorded as a duet by Patty Loveless and George Jones).  Thanks Jim, we love you and your songs !  Jim Lauderdale's new CD, Headed for the Hills (Dualtone Records) also features guest appearances by many musical greats, including Emmylou Harris, Allison Moorer, Gillian Welch, and Buddy Miller.
Mary with Jim Lauderdale

MARY LAMONT BACK AT JONES BEACH BOARDWALK BANDSHELL:
21 CONCERTS FOR SUMMER 2004
Mary Lamont and band have been contracted to perform 21 performances this summer (every Saturday and Tuesday, starting Saturday, June 26th and continuing through Saturday, September 4th, 2004) at the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell. Mary and her band have performed at the Bandshell during summers 2001, 2002 and 2003, and due to banner crowds on the evenings she appeared, and also due to a recent flood of letters (a groundswell of support from Mary’s fans) to the LI State Department of Parks asking that she return, Mary will perform every Saturday and Tuesday all summer at the Bandshell.

MARY LAMONT again in ASCAP'S prestigious Playback Magazine:
ASCAP has again included us in their prestigious PLAYBACK MAGAZINE’s "Stepping Out" section -
"Released: Mary Lamont’s How Lucky. Eight of the ten tracks on the album were written by Mary and her husband, Jim Marchese. The single, “Ontario”, received airplay on European radio stations. This international alt-country star is an ASCAP Plus Award winner three years running, and she was named Singer/Songwriter of the Year by the New Jersey Country Music Association."
Thank you ASCAP (and thank you New Jersey CMA members, too!)

SINGLE "ONTARIO" HITS EURO CHARTS

The single “Ontario” from Mary's new CD “How Lucky” entered the independent European DJs chart at #30, and now it’s #13! You can hear a sample of “Ontario” : click here. You can buy our CD online, too: click here

Here are reviews from Europe of Mary's single "Ontario"--
Friedrich Hog - Radio Free FM, Germany  That's great new music
Graham Hassall - Radio Nightingale, UK  Classy track, good singing and music
Barry Thistleton - Country Music Roundup, UK  Super patriotic number, and I love the sound of that voice - she should do well
George Johnson - BIR Radio, UK   Country DJs should get the people strutting to this song
Stewart Fenwick - Central FM Radio, UK  I like it - a superb tribute
Peter Anderl - Radio Tirol. Austria  Interesting recording with fine arrangements
John Brookfield - Pathfinder Magazine, UK  Well performed number and nice vocals
Bryan Chalker - Radio Caroline, Europe  Superb intro leads into an incredibly catchy song, strong voice and novel production
David Callister - Manx Radio, Isle of Man  Brilliant song
Ian Ashcroft - Linedance DJ, UK   Great voice and song
Jan Brookfield - Linedance DJ, UK   Refreshingly different, nice one !!
Barry Dixon - Now Dig This magazine, UK   Like this, hope it does well for Mary
Martin Van Der Laan - Radio Compagne, Holland   A nice introduction - need to hear more from her
Brian Sharman - Wycombe Radio, UK  This is an excellent track – more please
Cor Laponder - Radio Frequent, Holland   Our listeners are crazy for Mary
Sheena Guy - Lochbroom FM Radio, UK   Excellent - really liked it
Marines Vermeulen - Midland FM, Holland   Good lyrics, good tune!
Massimo Ferro - Radio Voce Spazio, Italy  Very strong and catchy tune
James Pearson - BBC Radio Shetland, UK   Great voice, great song
Matthew Carr - BBC Radio Shropshire, UK   Brilliant

MARY LAMONT RECEIVES HONORABLE MENTION IN MUSIC ROW MAGAZINE
Famed Nashville writer/historian Robert K. Oermann, who was one of the judges on USA Network's "Nashville Star" competition this spring, gave Mary Lamont an Honorable Mention for her song "Sweepin' the Floor" in his review column of Music Row Magazine, Nashville's premiere music business publication. Of “Ontario” (from Mary’s second CD “How Lucky”) Oermann said “the track has a cool, almost Celtic feel that combines marshall drumming, gentle acoustic guitars, steel and minor key electric touches...she sounds quite enjoyable.”

MARY INCLUDED IN FALL 2003 ISSUE OF ASCAP'S PLAYBACK MAGAZINE - Stepping Out Section:
"Performed:  Mary Lamont's band, every Saturday and Tuesday night this summer at the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell on Long Island, a total of 19 shows.  This is the second year in a row that Lamont and her band have been invited to perform at the venue.  Singer/songwriter Lamont is one of the top Country/Americana performers on Long Island and she was recently named Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year for the second time by the New Jersey Country Music Association."
Thanks ASCAP!

MARY LAMONT AGAIN WINS NEW JERSEY COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION
SINGER/SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Mary Lamont was voted Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year by the New Jersey Country Music Association. This is Mary’s second time winning the award from the NJCMA.  Mary attended the NJCMA Awards Ceremony in October and is shown receiving her award from NJCMA President Rob Burrows and Vice President Jackie Hinczynski:

Thanks NJCMA!

MARY SITS IN WITH LEGENDARY PEDAL STEEL GUITARIST BUDDY CAGE
Mary had the honor of being invited to sit in for a couple songs with Buddy Cage from New Riders of the Purple Sage.  What an amazing player:  Thanks Buddy!

Buddy Cage and Mary Lamont

JIM'S SPRINGSTEEN PHOTO ON VH-1
VH-1 is featuring an outstanding Bruce Springsteen photograph taken in Zurich by Mary's husband-lead guitarist-band manager Jim Marchese in a show called “True Spin”, premiering this Monday 11 PM. The show talks about Bruce’s “Born in the USA” and how it’s been misinterpreted by politicians and others. Jim’s color photo was taken on Bruce’s road bus while on tour with Bruce and the E-Street Band in Europe years ago. Jim said, “Hey Bruce, turn around” and Bruce turned around, knowing that Jim was constructing something magical... And Jim said the natural light at that moment was indeed what photographers call the late afternoon golden sunlight...“magical”. Bruce liked the picture enough to include it in his book “Songs” (Avon/Harper Entertainment).
You can check out more of Jim’s photography at WWW.JIMMARCHESE.COM
Jim's photo of Bruce Springsteen on VH-1's "True Spin"

NEW CD "HOW LUCKY" FOR SALE ONLINE: Makes a great HOLIDAY GIFT !
at WWW.MARYLAMONT.COM,
at WWW.CDBABY.COM
at WWW.TOWERRECORDS.COM
or by mail at
Mary Lamont, PO Box 957, Brentwood, NY 11717   Click here for details

PAUL KENNERLEY GIVES PERMISSION TO MARY LAMONT FOR “POOR GIRL BLUES”
Nashville’s revered songwriter Paul Kennerley graciously gave approval for Mary to change the gender in his composition "Poor Boy Blues" to "Poor Girl Blues" (“Poor Boy Blues” was recorded by Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler on their album "Neck & Neck") for inclusion on Mary's CD, "How Lucky" (Lammar Records).  Kennerley has received 19 BMI song awards, including the 1989 Songwriter of the Year Award, and has penned numerous hit country singles, including "Have Mercy" and "Give a Little Love" (The Judds), "Born to Run" (Emmylou Harris), "Hillbilly Rock" and "Tempted" (Marty Stuart), "Walkin' Shoes" (Tanya Tucker).

    Click here to see poster featuring new CD

MARY LAMONT CD MASTERED AT GEORGETOWN MASTERS
Mary Lamont’s sophomore CD, entitled "How Lucky", is now available:  Eight of the ten tracks were written by Mary Lamont and Jim Marchese), and the CD was mastered by the amazing Andrew Mendelson of Georgetown Masters in Nashville, Tennessee, Billboard's #1 Country Mastering Facility . (Georgetown has mastered the CDs of such luminaries as Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Ricky Skaggs, Sara Evans, Paul Worley and many more.)

ABOUT THE NEW CD "HOW LUCKY"
The CD was produced by Mary’s multi-talented husband Jim Marchese and top-notch record producer John Pandolfo, who also produced, engineered and mixed Mary’s debut CD, “You Don’t Have to Knock” (Lammar Records). This first project resulted in rave reviews, a continuous flurry of live performances, and last year led the band all the way to China, as the first country band ever to tour there.
Samples from Mary’s debut CD, “You Don’t Have to Knock” (Lammar Records), as well as her new CD, “How Lucky” (Lammar Records) can be found at :  http://www.marylamont.com/audio.htm

TALENT LINE-UP
Besides the talented members of the Mary Lamont Band (Jim Marchese, lead guitar & harmonica; Jeff Lampert, pedal steel; Cosmo LoCricchio, bass; Frank Patterson, drums), several wonderful guest artists appear on this upcoming CD:  Buddy Merriam, the finest mandolin player in the Northeast (Buddy now owns and plays the mandolin played on "O Brother Where Art Thou" and played it on the CD), and the fabulous Rich Campbell on piano and accordion.  Producer/engineer John Pandolfo also lends his harmonic talent on tracks, too.

AWARD-WINNING DESIGNER CREATES CD PACKAGE
Back to design "How Lucky" is award-winning art director Bill Miller.  Bill also designed a full page ad featuring Mary Lamont, which appeared in the Academy of Country Music Awards program book, in conjunction with the 38th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Reba McEntire, and produced by Dick Clark, which was broadcast live from Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 21st, 2003 on CBS. The ad also appeared in Nashville's premier music industry publication Music Row Magazine.

Click here to see a PDF file of the ad:    Mary Lamont ad

MARY LAMONT BAND PERFORMED 19 SHOWS AT JONES BEACH BOARDWALK BANDSHELL, SUMMER ‘03
Due to record-breaking attendance last summer, Mary Lamont and her band, an Americana/Country act based on Long Island, were again contracted to perform every Saturday and Tuesday night all summer at the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell, starting Saturday, June 28 and running through Saturday, August 30. The fans in New York have been fabulous: Thousands of people have attended Mary’s Jones Beach Bandshell shows!

There were prize drawings all summer long: participating organizations include Atlantis Marine World (Riverhead), Brokerage Comedy Club (Bellmore), Casa Vieja Restaurant (Brentwood), Gino’s Tuscany Restaurant (Islip), Greek Village Restaurant (Commack), Harbes Family Farm (Mattituck), Jiffy Lube (Nassau-Queens), Long Island Children’s Museum (Garden City), M&V Limousines (Commack), North & South Levittown Lanes & Westbury Lanes, Seaford Cinema, Splish Splash (Riverhead), Sports Plus (Lake Grove), Taormina Ristorante (Commack). “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” show (NYC) was also a part of the drawings: the producers participated with tickets for the end of their run in New York in preparation for their national tour. Westbury Music Fair provided tickets for their Mary Chapin Carpenter July concert.

ASCAP PLUS AWARDS
Mary Lamont and her husband/lead guitarist Jim Marchese are recipients of the ASCAP Plus Awards for the third year running. ASCAP’s Playback Magazine wrote: “Mary Lamont has been voted Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year by the New Jersey Country Music Association and has been nominated as Best Country Act by the Long Island Music Awards,  But nothing brought her more joy than being asked last summer to perform every Saturday night at the Jones Beach Bandshell.  Jones Beach is one of Long Island's most popular destinations, and the Bandshell has one of the biggest dance floors in the tri-state area.  Lamont's brand of twangy rock was such a hit with beach-goers that Jones Beach has asked her back this summer.  Her recent CD is entitled "You Don't Have to Knock".   For more info, visit www.marylamont.com “

MARY LAMONT BAND TOURS MAINLAND CHINA!
In the spring of 2002, the Mary Lamont Band toured Mainland China, as the first country act ever to perform there:  what an AMAZING adventure!  For more information and photos of the band's China tour, click here.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

We all had so much fun at our packed 19 shows at Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell every Saturday and Tuesday.  Thousands of you showed up to see us all summer long, and I can’t thank you enough.  We gave away close to $10,000 worth of gifts to 160 winners

It went by so fast....what a spectacular adventure, made all the more special by all you nice folks.
I also want to thank you for all the nice comments on our guestbook at WWW.MARYLAMONT.COM.....With all our promotion, in Newsday and on TV, we expected last Saturday to be our biggest show....but it rained and rained that day, into the evening! It cleared just before showtime, but too late to set up, and with the dance floor and bandshell still with puddles.....What a surprise....all of you showed up that night....well, here’s what a nice lady named Terry said on our guestbook....

“My husband and I went down to Jones Beach tonight in spite of the weather and after we found the tunnel too flooded to walk through parked by the bandshell and were surprised to see people there and that you performed without lights or a mic and it was the most delightful experience. Thank you so much for not disappointing those of us who came to see your final performance at the beach this year....We are sorry it has ended all too quickly. Hopefully you will be back at the bandshell next year! “

Thanks Terry! We wanted to give something back, when we saw all the support you folks showed by coming to see us week after week, and even in the bad weather. So we put on a show, right on the Boardwalk (where it was drier!) with Jim just on an acoustic guitar and Jeff playing tambourine and singing harmony with Cosmo, and you all danced....it was wonderful!

Here's another one from a family who came to every show....

I am a big Country music fan, you know all the usuals Toby Keith,Kenny Chesney, Mark Wills and of course Tim and Faith and now my new one Mary Lamont. I especially like the song you wrote for your husband. As your fellow Canadian, Mike Meyers says, as Linda Richman, it makes me "Farklempt."
I have been feeling musically deprived ever since Country Music has been taken off the NY air waves. I know you can get 92.5 a Conn. station when you are out east in Suffolk County but unfortunately I live in Nassau.
So it happened one late June evening I was walking on the boardwalk with my mother and we luckily happened upon you and your band. It was literally like an additional breath of fresh air at the ocean, and we have been coming every Tues and Sat. since then.
Initially I didn't fill out the raffles but last Tues my mother persuaded me to. The next Sat. Guess what?! I won dinner for two at Gino's Tuscany. Monday night my daughter and I went and the food was delicious, we definitely will go there again.
Last night, my Mom who is almost 80 won tickets to see Mary Chapin Carpenter at Westbury Music Fair she was so thrilled she did a little dance. We are both looking forward to the concert.
Thanks for all the great music.
Looking forward to spending the rest of the summer with you.
Joyce

Thanks Joyce!

I lost count of all the friendly, complimentary e-mails I've received from you nice people.  Thanks for all  your support, because it was all of you who made the summer so special.  Mxxx

Latest News

Tour Schedule

Back to Mary Lamont index page