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Mimi is from Pittsburgh, PA, a once powerful epicenter of mining and steel production at the confluence of three mighty rivers. When the global economy came and put the Iron City in a full nelson, working families there were left with few prospects. Mimi’s spread out to the Blue Ridge Mountains, West Virginia and the Florida Panhandle and Mimi took refuge in New York City. Raised by deadheads on riot grrl punk and Appalachian mountain music, Mimi found her home in the folk tradition. She wields her brand of lo-fi indie rock country-blues as a weapon of the dispossessed and disenfranchised. She performs not only as a spectacle but in the belief, as Ralph Emerson said, that “the most radical thing anyone can do is to introduce people to one another.” She hopes that people will meet and talk to each other when she sings. She writes simple songs and keeps her band small enough to rehearse (or perform) in a restroom if necessary. Mimi uses her voice and guitar not just to entertain, but to lay down bridges that connect north to south, new world to old world and small town roots to community in the big city.