Mary Bragg

Mary Bragg (Nashville, Tenn.)

After being told by a music exec in Nashville that she was too green and should come back in 10 years, after she’s lived a little, Georgia native Mary Bragg took off for New York City and did just that. She also honed her chops and built a following in the Brooklyn Americana scene, knocking out three increasingly well-received albums, including 2011’s beautiful, soulful Tattoos & Bruises. Late last year, Bragg relocated again — back to Nashville, 10 years after leaving. If he’s not dead or long since fired, that music exec was no doubt very happy to see her again.

YDIIYD: Shovels & Rope, Kathleen Edwards, Patty Griffin. (MB)