Mary Flower

Mary Flower is an internationally known, award-winning picker, singer/songwriter, and teacher. A Midwest native, she relocated from Denver to the vibrant Portland, Oregon music scene in 2004. She continues to please crowds and critics at folk festivals, teaching seminars, and on concert stages domestically and abroad, including Merlefest, Kerrville, King Biscuit, Prairie Home Companion, and the Vancouver Folk Festival, among many. A finalist in 2000 and 2002 at the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship, a nominee in 2008, 2012, and 2016 for a Blues Foundation Blues Music Award, and many times a Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award winner, Flower embodies a luscious and lusty mix of rootsy, acoustic-blues guitar and vocal styles that span a number of idioms from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime, swing, folk, and hot jazz. Her 13 recordings, including four for Memphis’ famed Yellow Dog Records and, most recently, Living With The Blues Again from California’s Little Village Foundation, show a deep command of and love for folk and blues string music. For Mary, it’s never about re-creation. Her dedication to the art form is a vital contribution to America’s music.