About The Band

Violet Mary

Homegrown Rock and Roll for your ear holes.

Violet Mary is the latest incarnation of groovy, psychedelic, soulful rock from songwriter and guitarist Mike Muscarella (that’s me, in the third person of course) Javian Rafus of Lovin’ Cup’s The Choice called me "soulful and powerful", so that's a feather in the cap.   Sharing the mic is one of Western NY's most renown vocalists, Mel Muscarella.  Her voice razes buildings to the ground and parts the Genesee!  The remainder of the lineup is made up of a veteran guitar-slinger and genuine 'cool cat' and straight-up rookie in the lead-off position.  The threads that hold us together are our friendships which are like family, our DIY approach to music-making, and our desire to make authentic music that you can relate to. Along with our music, you’ll likely hear music from our heroes and mentors such as Big Wreck, Led Zeppelin, King’s X, The Black Crowes, Pink Floyd and Hendrix.

Violet Mary is proud to have five records under our belt of organic and authentic original music, with one on the way!  Additionally, and sometimes in spite of it, we've had the privilege of opening for moe., The Gin Blossoms, Dawes, Ric Emmet, The Adam Ezra Group, Carbon Leaf, The Campbell Bros, [takes a breath] Danielle Ponder and The Tomorrow People, and dozens more on stages great and small.  Whether an intimate gathering or a festival stage, Violet Mary creates a communal experience with the audience, one that is "hard to pinpoint, but impossible to ignore"

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Kensington Green - 2021

Kensington Green

Violet Mary

Irish Blessing: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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"While it may not appear so on the surface, Kensington Green is one of the riskiest records we've produced", reflects Mike Muscarella, the southpaw guitarist and primary songwriter of Violet Mary.   "Violet Mary has always been just on the edge of popular.  We still make records... sometimes double-albums!  We don't take ourselves too seriously.  Everything revolves around the song; her honesty, her authenticity and her passion."  

On Kensington Green, Muscarella and the band put all three of those virtues on display.  "When we approached writing this record, Mel [lead vocals] was completely tapped.  She was so heavily weighed down by the state of affairs in 2020 and overwhelmed to the point of being speechless.  I, on the other hand, felt like I had stories to tell and, frankly, some demons to exorcise."  Kensington Green features 11 songs, mostly written from Muscarella's perspective,  takes the listener through a series of vignettes; stories of grief, lose and addiction that lead to a renewed sense of hope and empathy.

 "So much of this record is personal for me.  Many of the songs are based on specific timestamped memories or conversations.  And not all of the names were changed!"   Kensington Green goes live on July 16th, 2021 on all retail and streaming platforms through Rags Records.   "I hope that the listener can find themselves and their stories within the songs.   And, if nothing more, I hope the record finds its way into your heart and soul like it did mine."

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