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Mary Beth’s music is influenced by the rural farmland and forests of her Wisconsin upbringing and the Rocky Mountains where she currently resides. Her new release In My Right Mind is a contemporary folk/Americana collection of new and familiar tunes celebrating the human spirit. It is a combination of cover tunes as well as freshly penned stories highlighting the hopes and dreams for a new chance and a fresh start. The acoustic instrumentation was carefully chosen to highlight the historical time period for each song. From the banjo of the African Americans, to the pipes, whistles and percussion of Celtic music of the British Isles to the horns, accordion and fiddle of the French street musicians, the music represents a few of the cultures that have contributed to what has become “American” music today.

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Mary Beth’s musical influences began with the early folk music of the 70’s including Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Kate Wolf, Jackson Browne, Judy Collins, Emmy Lou Harris, John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, as well as the Beatles.  The show tunes of Broadway, as well as the singer/songwriters including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls, Richard Thompson, David Wilcox, Shawn Colvin, Nanci Griffith, Patty Larkin, the voices of Alison Krauss, Eva Cassidy, Mary Black,  Loreena McKennit, the Celtic music of the British Isles and  the bluegrass music of Appalachia  have helped to expand her influences.

What People are saying...

“In My Right Mind is simply beautiful. Mary Beth is extraordinarily talented. Her work comes from the soul.” Paul E Keck Jr. President –CEO, Linder Center of HOPE

“In My Right Mind showcases Mary Beth Cross’ pure vocals and offers just the right amount of country, soul, and heart. The band is the perfect foil for her tunes and the entire project is a wonderful sonic showcase of Americana music. I think you’ll enjoy it lots.”
Mollie O’Brien - singer/performer/recording artist Denver Colorado