Called the “Queen of Long Island Country” by Newsday, MARY LAMONT was
three times voted Band of the Year by the New York Metro Country
Music Association, and was twice voted Female Singer/Songwriter of the
Year by the New Jersey Country Music Association.
REVIEW OF LATEST CD:
Good Times called her "a force to be reckoned with in their field.... Combining contemporary country music with older stylings, Mary Lamont and her band of desperadoes have built an airtight ensemble, which has recently been making a splash in the live music scene as well. Mary has a sweet way of delivering her message, often penning lyrics that are both humorous and insightful in the country mold. 'Sweepin' the Floor' is a great little tune, which offers a nice comedic approach to love-induced pain, rather than the angst-filled screeching that has become a popular venue among female songwriters. 'It Filled Up Her Mind' is also very nice, showing a soft and poignant side of the band, showcasing a refreshing maturity level."
Good Times calls her show "a real treat...a sumptious western buffet" and "a must-see for fans of contemporary country music as well as for anyone who's even remotely curious. Their performance is tight and mixed well, with Canadian-born Lamont's vocals mixing seamlessly with the rest of the band...Lamont is comfortable on-stage and possesses the honest charm befitting a country singer...The entire band seems to really enjoy playing music together. The vibe carries over to the audience....Of the originals performed, standouts were surely the enjoyable 'Sweepin' the Floor' and the somber 'It Filled Up Her Mind'.Give this group a listen. You won't be disappointed." (Brendan Manley)
"Mary Lamont's impressive performance during the Long Island Music Festival...with a brand of modern country music somewhat along the lines of BR5-49, Mary's 3-song demo is likely the first step towards a promising career." (Scott Kuchler)
Island Ear says: "Co-written with guitarist Jim Marchese, 'Take This Ride'
displays spirited vocals and singing in the tradition of Patsy Cline and other
classic country singers....Lamont manages to portray a wide range of emotions
and impressive vocal versatility. 'It Filled Up Her Mind', a song inspired by
her grandmother, is particularly poignant. This demo reveals a singer/songwriter
with great potential."
The Voice says, "Although Mary Lamont and her band perform an unusually broad range of covers that will satisfy any country fan, the bigger draw is her collection of tight, evocative originals." (Elizabeth Weitzman)
"There's just the right amount of sugar on Lamont's chords to give her a sweet, but unpretentious sound. But then again what less could you expect from the band that was nominated Best Country Act by the Long Island Music Awards? Oh sweet chords! Mary's got 'em. You need to hear 'em. (Stacy Albin)
Nightbeat section listed Mary as a "best bet" for live performance. (Isaac
Guzman). And she was the featured photo in the "Bands On the Run"
section of Newsday which lists the performance dates of "Long Island's hottest
she was interviewed on News 12 Long Island as "putting Long Island on
the map when it comes to the sweet sounds of country music." Famed Nashville writer/historian Robert K. Oermann gave Mary an Honorable Mention for her song "Sweepin' the Floor" (from Mary's debut CD) in Music Row Magazine Nashville's premiere music business pubication. Of "Ontario" (from Mary's second album) 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."
MEET THE BAND
is blessed with some of the best players around....
Jim is the band's lead guitarist, as well as its manager. As a professional photographer, Jim's work has appeared in albums, calendars and tour books for Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Gary U.S. Bonds and "Little Steven" Van Zandt, who was also a featured character on HBO's hit series "The Sopranos". Jim was also thrilled to have photographed dobro master Jerry Douglas for his solo CD, The Best Kept Secret (Koch Records). Click here for Jim's website
Jim's interest in music started
at a very young age when his Dad bought him his first guitar from Sears. Easily
able to play by ear, Jim played in various rock bands as a teenager, influenced
by Scotty Moore, James Burton, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, George Harrison,
Robbie Robertson, Earl Scruggs, Hank Williams, and Chet Atkins.
Multi-talented bassist Cosmo's interest in music started in elementary school with clarinet lessons, leading to playing drums in many rock 'n' roll bands (including a band that backed rock legend Chuck Berry at a benefit at Hofstra University). With a keen interest in synthesizers, Cosmo switched to keyboards and then ultimately to bass, always with a love for harmonies. With his enthusiasm and wide range of experience, Cosmo is a welcome addition to the Mary Lamont Band. Quote: "I will keep on playing 'til the end."
Cosmo plays and enjoys "a red hot Pedulla Rapture 5-string bass: light weight. great action, active pick-ups. Also a 4-string Abe Riviera custom bass (gotta see it to believe it): super thin neck, great sound, fun to play." A Hartke Ha4000 powers his basses with a 4- 10 inch speaker combo or a 2 - 10 / 1 - 15 inch combo.
Drummer Greg took his rhythm lessons from the R&B, soul, rock, and swing
masters of each era. His natural groove has backed up many artists at venues
in Manhattan and Long Island, in a wide range of groups including The Elison
Chase Band, the South Street Band, The Melting Five, and The Mojos to name
a few, and on occasion sharing the stage with The Rossington-Collins Band,
Meatloaf, Jorma Kaukonen, Garland Jeffreys and others. Venues have included
The Riverhead Blues Festival, The Lone Star Cafe, Max’s Kansas City,
Interferon, CBGBs, live radio, commercials, and session work.
Pedal steel guitarist Skip played on Mary's debut and third CDs. His impressive credits include The Will Rogers Follies, Urban Cowboy, and Hands on a Hardbody on Broadway, the national tour of The Best Little
Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann-Margret, and has done countless recording
sessions and jingles. Skip can play, 'nuff said.
Guitarist Rich plays on Mary's third CD as well as numerous live performances, providing guitar as well as great harmonies. A talented singer/songwriter, Rich focuses extensively on country style music, having been influenced by Emmylou Harris, The Byrds, as well as songwriters Rodney Crowell and J.D. Souther. Impressed by Merle Haggard's distinctive sounds in the '80s, Rich became an avid Telecaster player, and has developed his own great style, which clearly enhances The Mary Lamont Band.
...and a host of top notch guest players !