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By Miriam Raftery

August 28, 2019 (Santee) - International touring musician Mean Mary (James) will be performing in Santee on September 21 at 7 p.m. in the Summit UU Fellowship (8778 Cottonwood Ave.). Known internationally for her lightning-fast fingers and raw, unmistakable vocal sound (The Amplifier calls it “sexy, vulnerable and yet as powerful as any man’s.”), Mean Mary’s songs travel the genres of roots, bluegrass, blues, and folk rock—story songs, fast songs, sad songs, songs to make your feet tap.

Mary could read music before she could read words and wrote original songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on vocals, guitar, banjo, and violin, and her life became one long road show of events, venues, TV, radio, and film. 

Today, she plays eleven instruments and tours internationally. She is also an award-winning song writer and book author, and recently her original banjo song, Iron Horse (the story of Native American maiden and her horse racing against a train) received the IMA’s Vox Populi award for best Americana song.  

But she’s overcome great adversity.  Born in Alabama and raised in a nomadic family that once lived in a tent before building a cabin in the woods,  Mary grew up roughing it before launching her musical career. But just as her success was taking off, a vehicle accident injured her neck, paralyzed one of her vocal cords and nearly claimed her life. She preserved and kept singing—and it paid off when miraculously her vocal cord recovered. 

Her Blazing Tour is ending, and her new Cold Tour is ready to begin, so this show will include songs from her new Cold album CD to be released Oct. 4 and a lot of her old favorites as well. Information about the event are listed below under “Music Event.”

 This link  will take you to a download of Mary’s upcoming Cold album which will be released on Oct. 4. You can learn more about her at

Suggested donation at the concert is $10.

Available at this live show:

Mean Mary’s Blazing CD and Hell Is Naked novel

Sweet – Fourteen song CD:

Nominated for three IMA awards

Methinks I See Thee, Jane

Book 2 of the Pate and Faircloth series:

Methinks I See Thee, Janea mystery novel co-authored with Jean James, her mother.

Book 1 of the Pate and Faircloth series – Wherefore Art Thou, Jane? – won first place honors at the Readers Favorite International Awards.

Its music video/trailer can be found at

 Another novel and another mystery, Sea Red, Sea Blue,

released by the Pelican Ventures Book Group, Harbourlight Imprint.

Underwater, music video book trailer

And other Mean Mary award-winning CDs and books

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Mean Mary

I love the name. Go Mary go.