Mary Bue

singer-songwriter + lust for life


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Apple in the Ocean (2012) Boat with No Oars (2007) East to the Sea (2003) Where the Monarchs Circled (2001)


Updates and thoughts.

Thoughts on success, failure & non-attachment - Mary Bue Music Blog

Thoughts on success, failure & non-attachment

I woke up Monday morning after the “super moon” the previous night and couldn’t stop thinking about the roller-coaster that is attachment:  Expectation,  getting hopes up,  elation,  disappointment,  and over

Photo by Sarah Rose Smiley

Wedding Singer

I kinda like singing in weddings.   It’s always an honor to be asked.  Usually there is champagne.  People are dressed really nice.  If the song is during the ceremony,


Fighting Fish and The Arrowhead Story

The Arrowhead Story is a collective of earth lovers based in Duluth, MN who are choosing music as a medium for change.  Their Facebook page describes it further: “Last year, a


Thoughts on crowdfunding

Do you see your facebook/twitter/whatever social media friends say “Please support my new project with Kickstarter/IndieGoGo/Pledgemusic” and immediately groan and un-friend, unfollow or block that person?  Sigh.  ‘Tis the age


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Music from Mary Bue

A few hand-picked tracks to introduce you to Mary's music.


The City Trees



Upcoming Shows

See Mary play live at a venue near you.


w/ American Rebels

Duluth, MN
Red Herring Lounge
9:00 pm-
17 Sep Wednesday
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w/ Stephanie Rearick

Madison, WI
Mother Fool's
8 pm -
19 Sep Friday

w/ Erin McKeown

Paradigm Coffee
8 pm -
20 Sep Saturday
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Wine Cave

Hayward, WI
Hayward Wine Cave
7 pm -11 pm
3 Oct Saturday
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w/ farm animals

Duluth, MN
Pilgrim Congregational Church
5:00 pm-6:00 pm
4 Oct Saturday

Safe Haven Shelter Fundraiser

Duluth, MN
Greysolon Ballroom
11:30 am-1:00 pm
9 Oct Thursday
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w/ Hanna Cesario

Aster Cafe
9:00 pm-11 pm
12 Oct Sunday


Paradigm Coffee
7 pm-9 pm
15 Oct Wednesday
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w/ Ida Jo & Lo Marie

Madison, WI
8 pm -
16 Oct Thursday
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w/ Ida Jo

Chicago, IL
Uncommon Ground
8 pm -
17 Oct Friday


Get to know Mary a little better.

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.
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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 coffee shops to large outdoor festivals, Mary has shared the stage with many talented musicians, including Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde), Emm Gryner, Kathleen Edwards, Alan Sparhawk from Low, Marissa Nadler, Rose Polenzani, Jess Klein,  Sarah Borges, Mason Jennings, Haley Bonar,  Jack Johnson, Vetiver, Cory Chisel, Nicole Atkins,  Jeremy Messersmith,  Anaïs Mitchell,  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,

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