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Dirty Mae is an NYC born-and-bred indie folk band blending bluegrass, blues, rock, latin and Americana roots music. With remarkable success, since forming in 2016, it comes as no surprise that venues and festivals across the country are beginning to request Dirty Mae. In less than 3 years together, they’ve outgrown their Harlem roots and taken audiences by storm with their truly original sound, powerful performance and theatrical flair. They headlined Lucille’s at BB Kings, (le) poisson rouge, Rockwood Music Hall & Citifield’s Subway Series Concert. In 2019 alone, they co-founded the Big Red Fest to empower women in music, received over 20,000 views on SCENES Live Sessions, and were hand-picked by Adam Duritz (of Counting Crows) to perform in his Underwater Sunshine Festival. Their most recent hit single & music video “Big Red,” caught the attention of female driven blogs and reviewers nationwide. Their Freshman self-titled EP (released July 2018) showed their knack for songwriting, harmonizing, catchy beats and unique, New Orleans-inspired flair. Their Sophomore Long Play “Holy Mama,” is set to release this September and showcases their incredible diversity, range and talent featuring haunting harmonies, raw grit, soulful blues, melodic ballads and foot stomping beats. Their instrumentation includes banjo, harmonica, guitar, piano/organ, upright bass, fiddle, sax and signature trombone.
With the three founding members coming from completely different backgrounds, it’s hard to nail their sound into one genre. One editor described it as “New Orleans Ghost Folk.” Emmy-nominated composer, Michael Whalen said “it’s like listening to two characters from a Faulkner novel making music today.” Our Northern contingency calls it “indie folk,” while our Southern friends say “just call it Americana!” Whatever you call it, it is an unforgettable sound of old and new worlds, that will keep you swinging all night long. Together they are a recipe for unmistakable success. Hard to believe they’ve only just begun.
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