Singer, fingerpicking guitarist, and lap-slide expert Mary Flower has become an internationally-known player, singer/songwriter, and teacher. Called “a world-class finger-style guitarist” by Downbeat, Mary, a native of the Midwest, relocated from the Denver music scene to Portland, Oregon in 2004. She continues to perform full-time at folk festivals and concert stages domestically and abroad, appearances that include Merlefest, Kerrville, King Biscuit, Prairie Home Companion, and the Calgary Folk Festival.
A finalist in 2000 and 2002 at the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship (Top 3 both years, and the only woman), a nominee in 2008 and 2012 for a Blues Foundation Blues Music Award, and a 2011 and 2016 Portland Muddy Award winner, Flower mixes roots-based acoustic guitar and vocal styles that span blues idioms from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime, swing, folk, and hot jazz.
Flower’s ten recordings, including her last four for Memphis’ famed Yellow Dog Records — Bywater Dance, Instrumental Breakdown, Bridges, and Misery Loves Company — show a deep command of folk and blues string music. “Few musicians in the genre bring as much creative spark” writes Acoustic Guitar Magazine about Flower, “to this century-old music.” In demand as an instructor, Mary has taught at Fur Peace Ranch, Swannanoa Gathering, and Augusta Heritage Center. See www.maryflower.com