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There is a curious power in the ability to view one’s life with an unjaundiced eye. It’s not about being fearless, although that doesn’t hurt, it’s about the ferocity of spirit required to accept the world as it is and move forward from there.
Singer/songwriter Mary Bue’s songs crackle with this power, mixing piano and guitar, folk and pop, and redolent with private tragedy and shared elation. Her voice, described as “marvelously sultry and cool,” lends her vivid, sometimes existential lyrics a texture that is both intimate and expansive.
This intimacy is Mary’s calling card. Her lyrics invite you in and you’re right there with her as she sings, barefoot in the sand or walking along the Mississippi, heart pounding from your chest, letting go, hanging on, vibrant, alive. She brings you into her adventures, trials, and triumphs through her lyrics, and keeps you engaged with melodies you’ll find yourself humming to yourself long after the music has ended for the evening.
An accomplished recording artist and touring musician, Mary’s 5 studio albums manage to capture her electrifying stage presence. Mary’s last album, Apple in the Ocean, was 100% fan-funded via Kickstarter. She has been awarded the “Escape to Create” Artist in Residence in Seaside, FL, and the Big Cypress Nature Preserve Artist in Residence in Ochopee, FL.
Over 16 years, 38 states, hundreds of thousands of miles and countless venues from tiny coffeeshops to large outdoor festivals, Mary has shared the stage with many talented musicians, including Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde), Emm Gryner, Kathleen Edwards, Low, Marissa Nadler, Rose Polenzani, Sarah Borges, Mason Jennings, Jack Johnson, Vetiver, Corey Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Vandaveer and too many more to list here.
So what’s next? In 2014, Mary was awarded a career development grant from Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC), and is writing, singing, strumming and playing piano in preparation for her 6th studio album. In between, you can catch her at clubs, resorts, brewpubs and cafes across the upper midwest and beyond.
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Press / Praise
If intimacy intrigues you and makes you into a skittish peeping tom, then be sure to catch Bue and her next performance. While the last ten years have seen a good handful of new piano-and-voice artists who are endlessly mimicked, Bue has a unique feel of her own in her songs.
- Alan Sparhawk of Low, The Ripsaw News
Mary sings in a marvelously sultry and cool voice over a fusion of classical, folk, and ambient piano music. She began turing heads here at home (Providence, RI) and throughout the country.
- Bob Gulla, Providence Phoenix
When the show ended and she was leaning against the stage, zipping up her boots, I had the urge to run up, hug her and then immediately beg her to sing the soundtrack of my life. Mary Bue’s an amazing, must-see talent, and by far, one of the sweetest voices I’ve heard live in years.
- Zosia Blue, howwastheshow.com
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