Mary Ann Casale is an Americana and blues songwriter, a guitarist, and a recording artist who has a voice unlike any other. Her unique sound makes her performances mesmerizing.
Mary Ann Casale is an eclectic singer-songwriter who always delivers an honest performance. Her voice is rich, pure, and refreshingly melodic. Meanwhile, her guitar playing skills are defined by a deft fingerpicking style, which is reminiscent of one of her early and most revered influences—the Reverend Gary Davis. Mary Ann’s music may range from sultry jazz-blues to country blues—with tinges of rootsy folk and Americana—but it is always soulful.
Born on Long Island, NY, Mary Ann started playing music at a very young age. She acquired a taste for jazz and blues from her uncle, Sam Scaffidi—a musician and composer widely known to the New York City music scene as Scuff Rosario. He introduced Mary Ann to the guitar and brought her to see several of the blues greats who came to play the city’s clubs in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Mary Ann eventually began playing the college-coffeehouse scene as a singer-songwriter and performing as a vocalist in a wide range of small bands. During her late teens and early 20s, she busked her way across the country, mostly playing in bus stations and outside restaurants. She then traded in her vagabond lifestyle for college, marriage, and motherhood.
After a 25-year hiatus, Mary Ann’s life took another turn, and she shook off the dust from her now vintage Gibson acoustic. Mary Ann started writing and performing again, sharing the stage with talented musicians in her locale in northern New York state where she resides today.
In 2014, she released an all-acoustic album, Running Out of Time. It was aptly titled given her long absence from writing and performing.
Mary Ann soon released another album in 2016 titled Restless Heart—an album that needed a full band’s effort to finish. This was produced by Tas Cru and featured several musicians from his touring band.
Since stepping back on stage, she has played in various concert venues in her home region and beyond. Besides performing solo, Mary Ann regularly plays in an acoustic duo with Tas Cru and joins his Band of Tortured Souls for bigger tours and festival shows occasionally. She can be heard on Cru’s last two albums and will be featured on his upcoming 2018 release, for which she has penned two songs, including the title track, Memphis Song.
With the release of Memphis Song, she has much success with both the title song and Heal My Soul, which enjoyed a top ten spot on the Roots Music Charts in both the blues singles and contemporary categories.
Many festivals and much travel have defined Mary Ann’s 2018. Today, she is spending a good portion of her time writing new music that is to be recorded at a later time.