MEAN MARY: Mean Mary, singer/songwriter & master of 11 instruments, 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, and rich voice that can travel from deep emotion to sparkling trills. She is endorsed by Deering Banjos, an author of several books, and the fun loving star of Nashville TV show, Never-Ending Street.
”Mean Mary’ James, a Florida native now based in Nashville, began life as a musical prodigy. She could read music before she could read words and co-wrote songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on the guitar, banjo, & violin, and entertained audiences across the U.S. with her vocal and instrumental skills. Her life, interspersed with horses, Hollywood and snake-catching, is one long road show.
“Her personality and energy light up the room and the crowd goes crazy.” Chris Lash, Radio Veteran, WDAP, WWON
“Fantastic. I had chills from hearing your wonderful playing! Five Stars for sure!” Janet Deering, Owner/CEO, Deering Banjos
‘Just a beautiful sound, great vibe’, Janice Long on BBC Radio 2. ‘Akin to an old Brill Building songsmith, Carole King couldn’t have written a better pop song’, UNCUT ****
London based singer-songwriter Rebecca Hollweg has Janice Long and John Hegley among her many fans and her 2 albums have been played on BBC Radio 2.
Live, she is warm and unpretentious, and as one listener said ‘it feels like she is reaching out and enfolding you in a warm embrace’.
With a resume ranging from support tours for Roger McGuinn to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’, she appears here with her husband and producer Andy Hamill on double bass (Laura Mvula, Natacha Atlas, Rumer).