Innocent Words Presents IW10 with Mary Bragg

TEN: Starting in 2013, each Friday, Innocent Words started shining the spotlight directly on up and coming artists/bands with 10 questions we like to call IW10.

Nashville, TN (but my home-hometown is Swainsboro, GA)

Members and Instruments:
I play acoustic guitar and sing the songs. A slew of incredible musicians contributed to this record, including my longtime bass player (and husband) Jimmy Sullivan, longtime guitar player and an old friend from my NYC days, Rich Hinman, and some new Nashville friends – the incredible Bryan Owings on drums, Jim Reilley on additional guitars, bass, and co-producing duties, and Eric Fritsch on keys, additional drums, and engineering duties.

Short Bio (in your own words):
Small town girl moves to NYC in hopes of being discovered, but instead discovers herself; moves to Nashville to continue self-discovery.

What was the first live concert you ever went to?
Petra, Savannah, GA, the Civic Center, 1989. I’m the youngest of four kids and tagged along to everything they did, even though, at seven years old, I was too young to even stay awake through the whole show. Going to a concert was a big deal, because it required driving the 80 miles to Savannah. My oldest brother, Ennis, bought his first CD at that show, he probably paid $19.95 for it.

What is your funniest or worst tour experience?
At the Tin Angel in Philly, June 2011 on my first full-band tour, I totally got scammed in the parking lot by some guy who told me the pay machines weren’t working, and that I had to pay him in cash. Gullibly, I did, right before he ran off with my twenty bucks and a big smile on his face as the folks across the street yelled, “He got another one!”

What THREE things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
Water. Water. Water. My vocals live or die by hydration.

What was the first record you ever purchased?
Mariah Carey ‘Merry Christmas,’ 1994.

Photo Credit: Alex Berger

If you had to record an EP of covers, which FIVE songs/artist would make the cut?
With no concern for whether these songs would work well together on an EP:
“Nobody’s Crying” by Patty Griffin
“Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt
“I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” by Otis Redding
“Creep On In” by Norah Jones/Dolly Parton (written by my friend and former producer Lee Alexander)
“Easy Silence” by Dixie Chicks (for my honey; only he knows the alternate lyrics we’ve made up for this song)

What’s your preferred music format – vinyl, CD, digital, cassette – and why?
Anything that lets me hear the song – I’m not a picky audiophile.

What is your website and do you have a music video to share?

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