Mean Mary & The Contrarys

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“The voice of a ragged angel combined with the banjo playing of the devil … you will want to run away with her.” – No Depression

Award-winning musician/writer and fan favorite (over 7 million views on her YouTube videos), Mary James, literally grew-up in music. She began life as a musical prodigy—could read music before she could read words and co-wrote songs at age five. From then on life has been one long road show interspersed with radio, television, and film. Deering Banjo’s named her their Goodtime Ambassador, and Janet Deering describes her banjo playing as giving her “chills.” Equally versatile on guitar, fiddle, and 8 other instruments, Mary is internationally known for her lightning-fast fingers, haunting vocals, and intricate story songs.

Mean Mary’s music took on a spacious sound when bassist David Larsen and drummer Allen Marshall’s locked-down rhythm and sweetly rugged harmonies were added to the mix. Their first recording together, Born to Be That Woman, immediately became an IMA Vox Populi Winner for best Americana song. They are now working on their first Mean Mary & the Contrarys album, and contrary to their name they are all in one accord when it comes to creating music that captures the raw innocence and driving beats of Americana/bluegrass with the power and dynamics of rock and blues.

Mean Mary, international touring singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, is not really so mean—even Hank Williams Jr. called her a “sweetheart.” But she IS infamous for her alluring story songs, incredible instrumental speed, & rich voice that can travel from deep emotion to sparkling trills.

Mean Mary started out life as a musical prodigy – could read music before she could read words and co-wrote original songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on the guitar, banjo, and violin, and entertained audiences across the US with her vocal and instrumental skills. Her life has been one long road show interspersed with TV, radio, and film work. She is also a prolific songwriter, book author, and the fun loving star of Nashville TV show, Never-Ending Street.