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Meet Mary Casiello and Dann Russo, Three At Home

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Casiello and Dann Russo, Three at Home.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
The timeline of our friendship is unclear. There is evidence to suggest that we met as many as ten years ago. But the first time we *remember* meeting was at the Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge about six years ago. Mary mentioned during her set that she had a child, and Dann, who had two, came to talk to her after she was done. We talked about the balance of being musicians and being parents, and how challenging it can be sometimes to hold those two identities (though both do require a penchant for keeping odd hours).

Four years later, Mary reached out to Dann when she wanted to cover “Dearly Departed” by Shakey Graves. Covering a song turned into writing one, and writing one turned into writing many. Suddenly, we were a band. The name for our band, Three at Home, is an homage to our families; when we go out to play a show, we each have a spouse and two kids at home.

Please tell us about your art.
We affectionately refer to our music as “pop folk with a kick.” We put on an energetic acoustic show, although on our EP, “Perfectly Unclear,” we branched out into a full-band sound reminiscent of the Black Keys, and we are digging on that. People in the music scene who knew us as solo artists were initially surprised to hear about us working together. It was like Bruce Springsteen and Sara Bareilles said they were going to form a band: you wouldn’t expect it. But it has been working for us!

We’re still trying to find our voice, trying to figure out how to fit two seemingly different writing styles together, while still keeping our sense of storytelling and adding in real, genuine emotion and vulnerability. We know that there’s a shared experience, not just with ourselves, but with the audience, too. It’s much more fun when we’re neither preaching nor projecting but inviting everyone to enjoy the moment with us.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
As musicians, sometimes we fall into patterns of only attending shows we’re playing. But what better way to meet other musicians, generate good will, and have a fantastic time remembering why you do what you do than attending shows you *aren’t* playing in?

Going to open mics (for example, Monday nights at the Lizard Lounge) can be an amazing way to meet folks, too. The music scene in Boston is chock full of compassionate people looking to uplift and support one another, and open mics are a great way to meet those people in a vulnerable yet encouraging environment.

We’re also particularly fond of the Facebook group for EBASS (Emerging Boston Area Singer Songwriters). It’s super active and a great way to find gigs, ask questions of fellow musicians, and just connect. Whatever way works for you, keep showing up. Surround yourself with other people who are the same brand of weird as you and try to trust that you belong there.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The next show we have on the docket will be August 11th at 7 pm at The Burren in Somerville, MA. It’s a release party to celebrate our new EP “Perfectly Unclear” and we’ve opted to put together a proper rock band for the occasion to match the sound of the album. Rumor has it there will be horns and strings as well. It’s going be a great time!

https://tickets.burren.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=352

The EP is available digitally on all streaming services. You can also purchase a copy on Band camp using the link we’ve provided. Beyond financial contributions, though: share, share, share! Sign up for our email list, follow us on social media, and tell your friends about our music and why you like what you hear! Sometimes a share on Facebook is just as good or better than buying the album.

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Florie Namir

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