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mallory graham and her invisible friends / Press

“Mallory's songs usually start out as small things; minute details, sentence fragments and a couple chords, and if you listen closely you can still hear that hesitation and the fear of speaking and creating something that lives and exists outside of herself. This isn’t a fearful record and Mallory isn’t a cowardly songwriter. It’s quite the opposite, actually. Not one to hide behind metaphor and ambiguity, quite a few times I’ve seen Mallory write a song about someone, and call them over and say “Hey, I’ve written a song about you.” It’s embarrassing to watch that person squirm in the songs’ accuracy. I’ve thought a few times, that Mallory might gain too much pleasure recalling the stories we’re not so proud of, using them as two-headed snakes and bearded ladies to lure the curious behind her curtain of human eccentricities. Maybe she does.”

“Singing odes to cigarettes, chiding lovers who treated her badly, and sweetly--if not hesitantly--announcing next to whom she wants to wake up, Mallory Graham's commanding singing voice seems to give a megaphone to her innermost thoughts and feelings. At first glance, Graham seems to be nervous that her audience might not like her -- it's just that she's put so much of herself into her songs that she's wary of how you'll receive them. But from the moment her band strikes up a chord, it's obvious that each of Mallory's songs are slaved over meticulously. Every ounce of energy and passion she has for writing from the heart comes through in her energetic performance. It's hard not to walk away mesmerized. ”

Megan Pacella - Nashville music freelancer