Levine Will Celebrate With A Digital CD Release Concert Broadcast Hosted By The Philadelphia Folksong Society On June 7
Levine will celebrate her signing news with a special encore presentation of her CD release concert, which will be hosted by The Philadelphia Folksong Society Digital Concert Venue on Facebook, Sunday, June 7 at 4 PM EDT. Being broadcast virtually in lieu of a follow-up live performance due to Covid-19, Levine’s CD release concert co-bill with the acclaimed Long Island Trio Gathering Time was taped at PFS last year.
"I am extremely grateful for the support of the Philadelphia Folksong Society, who have been working nonstop to help artists convert their cancelled live concerts to digital performances during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Levine.
Advance registration is required with a $5 or more donation for the artists requested at the time of registration. Register and pay at https://pfs.org/digitalvenue/ NOTE, this event will only be hosted on Facebook.
Once tickets are purchased, attendees will receive a confirmation e-mail and will need to click the link in that e-mail to the private event in advance to "Join" the group at least 1/2 hour prior to the concert and will be admitted about 15 minutes before the show on June 7.
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Chart-Topping Folk Performer Mara Levine, whose latest album Facets Of Folk hit #1 on the Folk Alliance International Folk DJ charts and had nine songs featured among the Top 20, has announced that she has signed a deal with renowned TN-based label Bell Buckle Records. According to Levine, this new partnership was the “logical next step in the evolution of my career”.
The New Jersey-based independent artist, who was hailed as “the new standard bearer for folk music” by the Midwest Record, says that her goal in joining Bell Buckle’s family of artists is twofold - to help her reach a wider audience with her music, while also exploring other genres and diversifying her style.
"After working independently for many years, I'm so excited for this opportunity”, said Levine. “Bell Buckle Records is the perfect team to assist me with getting my music out to a much broader audience. I am deeply rooted in folk music, however the past few years I've been studying and doing some performing and recording in the bluegrass genre. I love that Bell Buckle embraces multiple genres and, under their mentorship and support, I can see myself growing musically and working on projects that cross over between folk and bluegrass."
Bell Buckle Records, which is also home to such esteemed artists as Jakob's Ferry Stragglers, Crandall Creek, singer-songwriter Daniel Crabtree and many more, is owned by veteran roots recording artist Valerie Smith. Located in the historic town of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, the label provides full marketing, video production, photography, promotion and social media support to its clients, as well as digital music servicing and artist development. Valerie Smith is known in the industry as a creative entity who thinks outside the box and recognizes that no two artists are the same.
"I'm excited to be adding such an established folk/grassicana artist to our roster at Bell Buckle Records”, said Smith. “I believe that Mara will add depth to our talent base and catalog offering for our customers and radio DJs. Mara is definitely someone that I have been looking forward to working with. Her voice is unique, her recordings are beautiful and her talent as a musician is undeniable. I look forward to seeing what she has coming next and I am excited that it will be with Bell Buckle Records."
Mara Levine with Gathering Time Performing "You Reap What You Sow" by Susan Shann at PFS
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Called "one of the best singers of her generation" by Christine Lavin, Levine received high praise for this record release concert thanks to their powerful performances, which included her most popular songs “Daughters and Sons” by Tommy Sands (which debuted at #1) and “You Reap What You Sow” by Susan Shann (which also debuted at #1).
"On her third album, Levine marks her territory as the new standard bearer for folk music with this classically framed set that finds her interpreting worthy modern classics, protest music and some of the sweetest vocalizing you'll find this side of the golden sounds of the ‘60s. A flat out winner throughout, this isn't about lo-fi, nostalgia or what ever—It's a delightful slice of the here and now hitting the nail right on the head. Well done." – CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher, MIDWEST RECORD
"Mara Levine is a gifted singer whose expressive and versatile voice is suited to any style of music she darn well pleases to focus on including bluegrass, country or folk." - Dede Wyland, SKYLINE
“A thank you to Mara Levine for making us all remember the poetry of lyricism. Some people, like the one described in Leonard Cohen’s classic song, are born with a Golden Voice. Mara Levine is one of those gifted few who fit that definition. Hearing her sing makes you stop whatever you are doing and LISTEN! Known for her warmth, sincerity and impeccable natural musicality, she makes us all listen more intently, and celebrate the beauty that she brings to every song she sings and inspire us to do better ourselves, in whatever field we work in. Try to go to hear her live or listen to anything she has done or does. Thank you, Mara, for what you have done and continue to do.” – David Amram, Beacon, NY
"This collection of 13 "fine and contemporary " folk songs from the likes of Paul Simon, Tommy Sands, Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Staines and Si Kahn is delivered most admirably. Ms. Levine has a wonderful voice which she uses with heart and aplomb, delivering excellent renditions of her extremely well-chosen songs, some well known, some not so much. Her version of Christine Lavin's "The Moment Slipped Away" is as fine a song as I have ever heard and have now experienced it thanks to Ms. Levine's fine choices on her excellent playlist called Facets of Folk. The world needs more such interpreters of fine and contemporary folk songs." - Les Siemieniuk, PENGUIN EGGS
With Facets of Folk, Mara Levine solidifies her position as a folk force to be reckoned with. As on her previous CD Jewels and Harmony, her signature sound shines through: Thoughtful song choice, creative harmonies, rich instrumentation, her own exuberant singing. With an emphasis on songs that make a difference, Mara has created music that is very much for today, but also for years to come. - Si Kahn - songwriter and activist
"Mara, I think you are one of the best singers of your generation. Every songwriter worth their salt should be sending you their tunes. You have such a beautiful, timeless quality to your voice and you make beautiful recordings. I just LOVE what you do." - Christine Lavin, singer-songwriter
On FACETS OF FOLK, Levine presents a number of songs of social conscience with
themes of taking a stand, making a difference, considering the treatment of others and
becoming a better person. Those tunes, written by popular contemporary songwriters
as well as emerging talents, are all carefully set among folk favorites and lesser known
songs. Facets of Folk has been critically acclaimed and was the #1 album on Folk Alliance
International Folk DJ-Chart for January 2019, with the #1 artist and song spots, and was the
#3 album for 2019, with Mara claiming the #2 artist spot overall for 2019
Her rousing version of the protest anthem, “Daughters and Sons”(Tommy Sands), featuring
special guests Kim and Reggie Harris swapping lead vocals with Levine, and Gathering Time
on harmony vocals was the #1 song for January 2019 and “By My Silence” a provocative warning
about the perils of remaining passive in the face of injustice, written by award winning Florida
singer-songwriters Ellen Bukstel and Nick Annis, recorded with Gathering Time reached #1 on the
Folk DJ Chart when it was released as a single in September 2017.
FACETS OF FOLK was co-produced by Bob Harris, (Johnny Cash, Vasser Clements,
Girlyman) who plays guitar and helped with arrangements on many of the tracks, and
also with John Guth (Tom Chapin, Galt MacDermot) who plays various instruments and
helped with arrangements on five of the tracks. Other contributing musicians; Kim and
Reggie Harris, Robin Greenstein, Michael G. Ronstadt, Ed Trickett, Josh Joffen, Terry
Kitchen, Caroline Cutroneo, Jan Alba, Harold Morton, Sean McComiskey, Barbara
Novick, Cheryl Prashker, Tilman Reitzle, Akiva Wharton and Patrice Avsharian Wiseman
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Mara Levine: Lead Vocals
Greg Blake: Harmony Vocals, Rob Ickes: Dobro
Mollie O’Brien: Harmony Vocals, Scott Vestal: Banjo
Bob Harris: Guitar, Andy Leftwich: Mandolin
Mark Schatz: Bass
“You Reap What You Sow,” (Susan B. Shann (c) 2007) was extremely well received when it was released as a single in November 2017, hitting #1 on the Folk DJ chart and spending 22 weeks on the Bluegrass Today "Grassicana" chart. It re-emerged at #3 on the FAI Folk DJ chart when the album was released in 2019, and was the #11 song for 2019.