Mary Beth Cross -Feels Like Home
  • Kathy's Song
  • Shady Grove
  • Long Long Time
  • Threshing Time
  • The Medley
  • Cottonwood Creek
  • In My Right Mind
  • Stories Never Told
  • Land Of The Midnight Sun
  • Kiss You Goodnight
  • Beyond Good And Evil
  • Babes In The Wood
  • Feels Like Home
  • Liza Jane
  • High Powered Love
  • Caledonia
  • Our Love Is Here To Stay
  • Paint The Sky
  • The Banjo Man
  • A Pas De Deux en Francais
  • Before I Go
  • For Good
  • Leaving Liverpool
  • What A Wonderful World
  • Amazing Grace
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Mary Beth Cross To Release "Feels Like Home" EP May 15th
The Daily Country-3/24/2016
DENVER (March 2016 PR) – Award-winning folk-Americana artist Mary Beth Cross will release an eight-song bluegrass EP on May 15 that celebrates the importance of home in the lives of average, everyday Americans.

"Feels Like Home" will include original songs, as well as classics written and/or performed by legendary artists such as Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Garry White, Van Morrison, George Gershwin, and Dubose Howard. The recording will spotlight Cross's soaring, pure-tone soprano vocals. It was produced by veteran banjoist Chris Pandolfi, who joins nationally respected musicians Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, Tyler Grant on guitar, and Adrian Engfer on bass. The EP is dedicated to her late nephew, Christopher Chmiel, who died unexpectedly in 2015.

"My latest project will include cover songs that are part of the tapestry of my upbringing in Wisconsin, as well as originals that reflect my current home in Colorado," said Cross, whose last project, "Beyond Good and Evil", was named "2014 Folk-Country CD of the Year" by the National Traditional Country Music Association. "We went with less is more, taking an approach that feels live, acoustic, down-to-earth, and not too far from home. Good memories or sad memories are evoked by some of my favorite songs."
Cross plans to celebrate "Feels Like Home" with listening parties at Baur's listening roomand the Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver. She will attend at the IBMA Conference and Bluegrass Ramble in Raleigh, N.C. Among the covers is "Kathy's Song", a classic written and recorded by folk-pop legend Paul Simon. To listen to a preview release of the song from the EP, visit http://www.MaryBethCross.com .

Cross received national exposure in 2013 with release of her fourth CD, "Beyond Good and Evil". That project, which was produced by Dave Bechtel, landed a top-five ranking on Airplay Direct. Critics around the world praised the album, with Country Music News International calling it worthy of "Americana CD of the Year".

“I’ve discovered that people are yearning to find acceptance and solace in a dizzying world of pressure-filled expectations,” Cross added. “People long for an authentic, non-formula approach.

An accomplished vocalist and tunesmith, Cross moved to Denver in the 1980s to pursue a nursing career. Her music is influenced by the rural farmland and forests of her Wisconsin upbringing and the Rocky Mountains where she now resides. She carefully chooses acoustic instrumentation to bring her story-driven songs to life. Her music represents a few of the cultures that have contributed to what has become American music today.

Music City Arts Update
Mary Beth Cross to Release New EP 'Feels Like Home' on May 15
By Chuck Whiting

DENVER (March 2016) – Award-winning folk-Americana artist Mary Beth Cross will release an eight-song bluegrass EP on May 15 that celebrates the importance of home in the lives of average, everyday Americans.

"Feels Like Home" will include original songs, as well as classics written and/or performed by legendary artists such as Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Garry White, Van Morrison, George Gershwin, and Dubose Heyward. The recording will spotlight Cross's soaring, pure-tone soprano vocals. It was produced by veteran banjoist Chris Pandolfi, who joins nationally respected musicians Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, Tyler Grant on guitar, and Adrian Engfer on bass. The EP is dedicated to her late nephew, Christopher Chmiel, who died unexpectedly in 2015.

"My latest project will include cover songs that are part of the tapestry of my upbringing in Wisconsin, as well as originals that reflect my current home in Colorado," said Cross, whose last project, "Beyond Good and Evil", was named "2014 Folk-Country CD of the Year" by the National Traditional Country Music Association. "We went with less is more, taking an approach that feels live, acoustic, down-to-earth, and not too far from home. Good memories or sad memories are evoked by some of my favorite songs."

Kathy Kallick-Kathy Kallick Band
April 14, 2016
Mary Beth Cross has assembled a fine bunch of songs, some covers and some originals.
Her Threshing Time is an old-fashioned story song with nice harmonies and hot picking.
Mary Beth's voice is sweet, and unadorned in a way that makes the story intimate and compelling.
Another original, Cottonwood Creek, is a poetic tribute to the specific natural characteristics of the area, full of distinct imagery, interesting hand percussion and some very sweet fiddle work from Jeremy Garrett!

A nice revisit of the classic Shady Grove is combined with some very contemporary instrumental accompaniment from Jeremy,Chris Pandolfi, and Tyler Grant.

There is an overall warmth and directness to Mary Beth's singing. Her lovely manner speaks to her personality as well as her music. When Mary Beth sings, the listener is put at ease and welcomed in, which is so much the heart of this project entitled Feels Like Home!

Chris Pandolfi Producer, banjoist for "The Infamous Stringdusters"
"Capturing a truly live feel in the studio takes experience and commitment, but it always brings the music to life. Mary Beth went for it on this project and she did an amazing job with both her original material, as well as meaningful takes on a few classic songs."


Tyler Grant International Flatpick Guitar champion, Guitarist, Songwriter and Vocalist for Grant Farm Band
"Mary Beth Cross is not just a fine musician and songwriter. She is also a wonderful person with an honest and authentic spirit that shines through her music. It was a great pleasure to work with her and Producer Chris Pandolfi on this album."


Fresh Sounds in the World of Bluegrass by Taylor Coughlin
Fresh Sounds in the World of Bluegrass
First Quarter 2013 IBMA online edition

Mary Beth Cross, Beyond Good and Evil
Singer-songwriter Mary Beth Cross weaves bluegrass, folk and Americana on this album, featuring original tunes, and African Spiritual, and some covers like The Gershwins’ “Love Is Here To Stay”. Inspired by the spirit and grit of the pioneers, Beyond Good and Evil is a tribute to the melting pot America has become and what we treasure.

(Produced by Dave Bechtel & Mary Beth Cross)
www.marybethcross.com


A Record To Define Herself
Review by Tim Wenger

"Colorado Music Buzz Magazine"
www.coloradomusicbuzz.com

Her voice is reminiscent of sixties folk music. Her guitar work is soothing and sits perfectly underneath her vocals. Mary Beth Cross has a record to define herself in 'Beyond Good and Evil'. A good cross between folk and Americana, the album maintains a steady tempo and is an easy listne, bringing the mind in and chilling it out soft melody.
The title track is the best song on the record, Cross' voice sailing with the music to the perfect notes, emotional and deep, "beyond good and evil, byond faith and hope." Picturesque lyrics flow through the album, with Cross painting images in each song, leading smoothly into the next. It is a must-have record for the high altitude music lover.

Making a Name for Herself
by Matheson Kamin
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

Denver-based singer-songwriter Mary Beth Cross is making a name for herself in the music industry. With a long list of influences to draw from that includes the like of Richard Thompson, the Indigo Girls, Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss, Emmy Lou Harris and many others, Cross has started creating her own musical bland that incorporates large amounts of folk, bluegrass, country and other genres. This form of Americana music appears on Mary Beth Cross’ albums, including her latest release, Beyond Good and Evil.

The 2013 release from Mary Beth Cross is an album that incorporates both traditional and cover songs as well as original material written by Cross. Beyond Good and Evil’s blend of original songs and cover tunes creates a CD as strong as anything put out by a major record label.

Beyond Good and Evil begins with Mary Beth Cross’ version of the song “Babes in the Woods”. The first thing that you notice is the clear, beautiful voice of Cross as she sings the song. Cross’ vocals and the instrumentation blend to create a song with elements of folk, country and even a little rock feeling to it. The track has the potential to translate well to a live setting. You can almost envision Mary Beth Cross on stage somewhere like Wolf Trap or The Ryman Auditorium as you listen to the track.

The listener not only gets to experience the voice of Cross on the second track of the release, they also get to experience her songwriting abilities, as well. The album’s title track of “Beyond Good and Evil” features a lot of emotion. Along with Cross’ emotional delivery, the song also features piano and strings to give the track an “orchestrated” feel.

While the vocals of Mary Beth Cross are one of the strongest elements to the Beyond Good and Evil release, nowhere is that more evident than on the African Spiritual “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired”. Sang a’capella, “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” finds Mary Beth Cross creating the track while staying true to the meaning of the lyrics of the composition. The a’capellanature of the track allows the vocals of Mary Beth Cross to shine.

The African Spiritual “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” is followed by the track “Liza Jane,” the story of a freed slave who spends her life looking for the daughter who was sold out from under her. Just like “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” before it, “Liza Jane” sounds as if it were a song that could have been written around the end of the American Civil War, although it was written by Mary Beth Cross. “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” and “Liza Jane” go well together because of the subject matter of each track but also feel worlds apart at the same time as “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” features voice only and “Liza Jane” features a country/bluegrass feel to the music.

On the track “Stories Never Told,” Mary Beth Cross shows her ability to tell a tale while writing a song. The storyline of “Stories Never Told” follows a man who makes a living in the mines until the day he is gunned down as he walked home. The feel of the music suggests that “Stories Never Told” could easily have fit in with songs from singer-songwriters back in the 1960s.

As with the first track of the album, Beyond Good and Evil from Mary Beth Cross comes to an end with yet song written by someone else. “Our Love is Here to Stay,” written by George and Ira Gershwin, was produced in such a way as to suggest a very aged quality to the track. The vocals from Mary Beth Cross, the six string banjo from Mike Payne and whistle from album producer Dave Bechtel were recorded to sound as if they were actually on an old 78 rpm gramophone record.

Beyond Good and Evil from Mary Beth Cross features ten tracks based in folk music. Cross and every musician who helped create the release came together to craft a release that spans, not only many different genres, but eras as well; Beyond Good and Evil from Mary Beth Cross is an album made to appeal to a wide audience of music lovers.










©2013 MBC Productions | Mary Beth Cross | All rights reserved.





Something That Deserves To Be Heard






Review by Ross Barber
Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)

Beyond Good and Evil is a collection of original and cover songs, performed by singer/songwriter Mary Beth Cross. Cross is currently based in the Rocky Mountains, which coupled with her upbringing in the rural farmlands of Wisconsin, is a big influence on her music. The album features Stuart Duncan, 2012 IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, and was produced by Dave Bechtel and Cross herself.

Cross tells stories with a crystal clear delivery and warm sense of compassion. Beyond Good and Evil is inspired by the spirit of America’s pioneers who travelled to the West in search of opportunity. This spirit shines through in Cross’s writing and delivery, and is a fitting soundtrack for America both then and now. Beyond Good and Evil embodies what is so special and unique about the American people, their values and their aspirations.

Opening with “Babes in the Wood,” a song written by Noel Francis Brazil, Cross immediately sets the tone for Beyond Good and Evil. She shows that she is more than capable of interpreting another songwriter’s song, and putting her own folky stamp on it. The production on this track (and the rest of the record, for that matter) is excellent, and certainly does the song justice.

The other covers on the album (“I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired,” “Caledonia” and “Our Love is Here to Stay”) are also of a very high standard. Cross has demonstrated that she has a real knack for performing other’s songs with conviction and artistic respect. “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” is a particular standout; performed completely accappella, Cross really draws you in with her delivery and without any instrumentation to hide behind or to distract from the vocal, she showcases her vocal ability to its full potential. Her version of “Caledonia” is inspired, putting an Americana twist on the Scottish classic, without veering too far from the original. The accompaniment is sparse, allowing the listener to focus intently on the lyrical content. For a song such as “Caledonia” this feels very appropriate, and a great artistic choice on Cross’s part.

Cross’s own compositions sit very equally amongst her cover versions, in fact, if you didn’t know the original versions of the songs Cross has covered, you would be forgiven for thinking they were all her own compositions. The quality is consistent throughout, which is a great testament to Cross’s abilities as a performer, songwriter and producer. Of her original tracks, particular standouts include title track “Beyond Good and Evil,” and the heartfelt “Feels Like Home.”

Beyond Good and Evil is a well produced and sincerely performed collection of original and cover material. Cross has the ability to draw a listener in and tell stories with conviction, compassion and heart, and that is something that absolutely deserves to be heard.

©2013 MBC Productions, LLC | Mary Beth Cross | All rights reserved.







Dennis Scott ( of the Wanna Beatles)
"If there was ever a 'feel good' album in the Folk-American genre, this is it. Mary Beth Cross' latest collection is a beautiful marriage between the music and the musician. Her vocals are captivating and the production on her album is a perfect fit for the material which is presented in interesting and surprising ways. I love this album." -- Dennis Scott (of The WannaBeatles)

Rand Bishop- Songwriter





"Mary Beth Cross has a voice as pure as those Rocky Mountain streams we've all heard so much about. "Featuring top-tier musicianship, warm, layered production, and an artist with astounding self-awareness, "Beyond Good and Evil" adds up to the kind of welcoming and thought-provoking listening experience Americana fans will find themselves returning to time and time again." -- Rand Bishop, songwriter


Music News Nashvillle -Mary Beth Cross Releases "Beyond Good and Evil'


Mary Beth Cross Releases ‘Beyond Good and Evil’

Posted on January 22, 2013 by JaimieWard

















Denver folk-Americana singer-songwriter Mary Beth Cross will celebrate the release of her fourth CD with a special concert and signing from 4-6 p.m. Jan 27 (Sunday) at Fourteen Seventy-Two Lowcountry Dining, 1472 Pearl St. in Denver.

In related news, the artist has been invited to perform at the 2013 Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto. Cross will take the stage with other artists on Feb. 20 for the “Musicians United for Bristol Bay” concert”. She also will perform at a special showcase for music industry professionals on Feb. 23.

Recorded in Nashville, “Beyond Good and Evil” gives voice to the pioneer spirit of the American frontier with original songs and cover tunes. Cross spent the past year penning songs reflecting the grit and determination of the adventurers who blazed a trail from the East to the West in search of what they treasured most: beauty, adventure, land, new opportunities for work, and freedom from oppression.

Acoustic instrumentation was carefully chosen to highlight the historical time period for each song. The music represents a few of the cultures that have contributed to what has become American music today, including the banjos of African immigrants; the pipes, whistles and percussion of Celtic music makers in the British Isles; and the horns, accordions and fiddles of French cafes.

“All of these are part of the collective tapestry of a country that continues to forge on and grow despite great adversity,” said Cross, whose goal was to create an “authentic sound” that changes the folk-Americana landscape. “The choices, sacrifice and yearning for a place that feels like home remain timeless.”

The free event at Fourteen Seventy-Two Lowcountry Dining in Denver will include live music, hors d’oeuvres, a full bar, and prize giveaways.

Cross uses soaring, pure-tone soprano vocals to help bring her story-driven songs to life.

The foot-tapping tune “Kiss You Goodnight” was inspired by the Chilean copper miners who were trapped underground for 60 days with nothing but darkness and time on their hands. One of the miners emerged to find both his wife and mistress waiting for him.

“The upbeat rhythms in the song led the session musicians to imagine the miner digging a tunnel out the back to avoid his confrontation of being found out by both women,” Cross noted.

A tour of Dolly’s House Museum, a historic brothel house in Ketchikan, Alaska, prompted Cross to write the fiddle-accented “Stories Never Told”. The artist sings a fun but heart-rending story of a dusty prospector who uses his gold for prostitutes and whiskey, only to die on a dirt trail with a bullet wound to the head. History books did not record his name.

The title cut for “Beyond Good and Evil” is an expression of the former nurse’s desire to help make the world a better place through education, caring and helping others. The tender ballad ends with the words, “I’d rather light a candle than waste my life cursing the dark.”

“The idea for the album came while I was reading Nietzsche’s book, ‘Beyond Good and Evil’,” Cross added. “I was exploring the impetus to move West and the feelings surrounding the need for change. At one time or another, we all feel the need to break free from a cage of any kind. Sometimes that is imagined, other times real. Like the westward pioneer adventurers, we make the choice to stay, leave, act, or not act. We just hope we can be happy with our choice in the end.”

“Beyond Good and Evil” was produced, recorded and mixed by Dave Bechtel at Playground Recording Studio in Nashville. The album features Cross on lead and background vocals; eight-time IBMA “Fiddler of the Year” Stuart Duncan on fiddle, mandolin and banjo; Matthew Pierson on acoustic and electric bass; Mike Payne on acoustic and six-string guitar; Blair Masters on piano, accordion, organ and melodica; Ken Lewis on drums and percussion; Paul Nelson on cello; Michael Douchette on dobro; Gary Pigg on background vocals; and Bechtel on whistle.

The CD is being promoted nationally to folk-Americana radio by Nashville-based Bill Wence Promotions. Whiting Publicity & Promotions is handling publicity.

“There has always been and always will be an urge to improve one’s station in life, to move on when things are not working out or when someone does not feel valued,” Cross continued. “People moved West for more land, the opportunity for work, farmland to feed their families, and a sense of community. Those are the same reasons people move West today.”

“Beyond Good and Evil” is receiving rave reviews.

“What is so compelling about Mary Beth’s music to me is that it both educates and moves me,” Bechtel said. “Her love and understanding of the struggles of the people for whom this great country was founded creates compelling stories. For her to tell these stories that so few have ever heard gives a voice to those who were born in a time when not everyone was treated as equal. This reveals Mary Beth’s compassionate heart.”

“Through the sweet purity of her voice, Mary Beth has captured the underlying haunting story in ‘Babes in the Woods’,” said artist Dierdre Keohane, partner of the late Irish songwriter Noel Brazil. I know Noel would be proud of this version.”

An accomplished vocalist and tunesmith, Cross moved to Denver in the 1980s to pursue a nursing career. Her music is influenced by the rural farmland and forests of her Wisconsin upbringing and the Rocky Mountains where she currently resides. The artist has emerged on the regional and national music scene with appearances on radio station KRFC-FM’s “Live @ Lunch” show at Colorado State University and musical performances at the Spiritual Project’s “10th Anniversary Gala” at the University of Denver, the Summit Foundation’s “Great Rubber Duck Races” in Breckenridge, Colo., and the “Rockygrass Academy Band Scramble” in Lyons, Colo.

Cross, who holds a nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will speak and perform at the National Association of School Nurses annual conference in Orlando, Fla., in June 2013. Other upcoming musical performances include the “Musicians United for Bristol Bay” concert at the Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto on Feb. 20; the “Newcomer Showcase” concert at the Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto on Feb. 23; a concert for the Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver on March 14; a concert for the Black Rose Acoustic Society in Colorado Springs, Colo., on April 12; and a concert for the Living Water Spiritual Community in Arvada, Colo., on June 15.

“Beyond Good and Evil” is available for $15 at leading online music retailers, including Amazon and iTunes. To learn more about Mary Beth Cross or her new album, call (303) 842-1587 , send an email message to MaryBeth@MaryBethCross.com, or visit http://www.MaryBethCross.com or http://www.reverbnation.com/marybethcross.


New Music Weekly- Mary Beth Cross Releases 'Beyond Good and Evil'
Folk-Americana Artist Mary Beth Cross Releases 'Beyond Good and Evil'

DENVER (January 2013) – Denver folk-Americana singer-songwriter Mary Beth Cross will celebrate the release of her fourth CD with a special concert and signing from 4-6 p.m. Jan 27 (Sunday) at Fourteen Seventy-Two Low country Dining, 1472 Pearl St. in Denver.

In related news, the artist has been invited to perform at the 2013 Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto. Cross will take the stage with other artists on Feb. 20 for the "Musicians United for Bristol Bay" concert". She also will perform at a special showcase for music industry professionals on Feb. 23.

Recorded in Nashville, “Beyond Good and Evil” gives voice to the pioneer spirit of the American frontier with original songs and cover tunes. Cross spent the past year penning songs reflecting the grit and determination of the adventurers who blazed a trail from the East to the West in search of what they treasured most: beauty, adventure, land, new opportunities for work, and freedom from oppression.

Acoustic instrumentation was carefully chosen to highlight the historical time period for each song. The music represents a few of the cultures that have contributed to what has become American music today, including the banjos of African immigrants; the pipes, whistles and percussion of Celtic music makers in the British Isles; and the horns, accordions and fiddles of French cafes.

“All of these are part of the collective tapestry of a country that continues to forge on and grow despite great adversity,” said Cross, whose goal was to create an "authentic sound" that changes the folk-Americana landscape. “The choices, sacrifice and yearning for a place that feels like home remain timeless."

The free event at Fourteen Seventy-Two Lowcountry Dining in Denver will include live music, hors d’oeuvres, a full bar, and prize giveaways.

Cross uses soaring, pure-tone soprano vocals to help bring her story-driven songs to life.

The foot-tapping tune "Kiss You Goodnight" was inspired by the Chilean copper miners who were trapped underground for 60 days with nothing but darkness and time on their hands. One of the miners emerged to find both his wife and mistress waiting for him.

"The upbeat rhythms in the song led the session musicians to imagine the miner digging a tunnel out the back to avoid his confrontation of being found out by both women," Cross noted.

A tour of Dolly's House Museum, a historic brothel house in Ketchikan, Alaska, prompted Cross to write the fiddle-accented "Stories Never Told". The artist sings a fun but heart-rending story of a dusty prospector who uses his gold for prostitutes and whiskey, only to die on a dirt trail with a bullet wound to the head. History books did not record his name.

The title cut for "Beyond Good and Evil" is an expression of the former nurse's desire to help make the world a better place through education, caring and helping others. The tender ballad ends with the words, "I'd rather light a candle than waste my life cursing the dark."

"The idea for the album came while I was reading Nietzsche's book, 'Beyond Good and Evil'," Cross added. "I was exploring the impetus to move West and the feelings surrounding the need for change. At one time or another, we all feel the need to break free from a cage of any kind. Sometimes that is imagined, other times real. Like the westward pioneer adventurers, we make the choice to stay, leave, act, or not act. We just hope we can be happy with our choice in the end."

"Beyond Good and Evil" was produced, recorded and mixed by Dave Bechtel at Playground Recording Studio in Nashville. The album features Cross on lead and background vocals; eight-time IBMA "Fiddler of the Year" Stuart Duncan on fiddle, mandolin and banjo; Matthew Pierson on acoustic and electric bass; Mike Payne on acoustic and six-string guitar; Blair Masters on piano, accordion, organ and melodica; Ken Lewis on drums and percussion; Paul Nelson on cello; Michael Douchette on dobro; Gary Pigg on background vocals; and Bechtel on whistle.

The CD is being promoted nationally to folk-Americana radio by Nashville-based Bill Wence Promotions. Whiting Publicity & Promotions is handling publicity.

"There has always been and always will be an urge to improve one's station in life, to move on when things are not working out or when someone does not feel valued," Cross continued. "People moved West for more land, the opportunity for work, farmland to feed their families, and a sense of community. Those are the same reasons people move West today."

"Beyond Good and Evil" is receiving rave reviews.

"What is so compelling about Mary Beth's music to me is that it both educates and moves me," Bechtel said. "Her love and understanding of the struggles of the people for whom this great country was founded creates compelling stories. For her to tell these stories that so few have ever heard gives a voice to those who were born in a time when not everyone was treated as equal. This reveals Mary Beth's compassionate heart."

"Through the sweet purity of her voice, Mary Beth has captured the underlying haunting story in 'Babes in the Woods'," said artist Dierdre Keohane, partner of the late Irish songwriter Noel Brazil. I know Noel would be proud of this version."

An accomplished vocalist and tunesmith, Cross moved to Denver in the 1980s to pursue a nursing career. Her music is influenced by the rural farmland and forests of her Wisconsin upbringing and the Rocky Mountains where she currently resides. The artist has emerged on the regional and national music scene with appearances on radio station KRFC-FM’s “Live @ Lunch” show at Colorado State University and musical performances at the Spiritual Project’s “10th Anniversary Gala” at the University of Denver, the Summit Foundation’s “Great Rubber Duck Races” in Breckenridge, Colo., and the “Rockygrass Academy Band Scramble” in Lyons, Colo.

Cross, who holds a nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will speak and perform at the National Association of School Nurses annual conference in Orlando, Fla., in June 2013. Other upcoming musical performances include the "Musicians United for Bristol Bay" concert at the Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto on Feb. 20; the "Newcomer Showcase" concert at the Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto on Feb. 23; a concert for the Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver on March 14; a concert for the Black Rose Acoustic Society in Colorado Springs, Colo., on April 12; and a concert for the Living Water Spiritual Community in Arvada, Colo., on June 15.

"Beyond Good and Evil" is available for $15 at leading online music retailers, including Amazon and iTunes. To learn more about Mary Beth Cross or her new album, call (303) 842-1587, send an email message to MaryBeth@MaryBethCross.com, or visit http://www.MaryBethCross.com or http://www.reverbnation.com/marybethcross.





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Summit Daily News -Mary Beth Cross releases new album 'Beyond Good and Evil'
JANUARY, 24 2013
BY MARIANA WENZEL
SUMMIT DAILY NEWS
Local homeowner Mary Beth Cross celebrates the release of her latest album, “Beyond Good and Evil,” from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Fourteen Seventy-Two Low country Dining, 1472 S. Pearl St. in Denver.

Cross describes the album, which is inspired by “the spirit and grit of pioneer women,” as “positive, uplifting and historical.” It is influenced by early folk music of the 70s including Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Joan Baez and The Beatles.

The new release represents a progression from her previous album, “In My Right Mind,” which showcased sounds from around the world, including African banjos, fiddles of Ireland and Scotland and “jazzy” French music, as she described it. Cello and banjo are the main elements of the new album, which features 2012 IBMA fiddle player of the year Stuart Duncan.

“Beyond Good and Evil” consists of original songs and covers. Covers include George and Ira Gershwin's “Our Love is Here to Stay,” Douglas MacLean's “Caledonia,” the African traditional song “I Don't Feel No Ways Tired” and Noel Brazil's “Babes in the Wood.”

The opening song, “Babes in the Wood,” plus “Kiss you Goodnight” and “Liza Jane” are fun, energetic country tunes, carried by Cross' sugar-sweet voice. The album offers a lot of variety, rounded out with mellow ballads like “Beyond Good and Evil” and “Feels Like Home.” Cross also takes listeners on a journey to the Old West of mining towns, saloons, gun fights and brothels in songs including “Stories Never Told” and “Land of the Midnight Sun.”

“‘Beyond Good and Evil' highlights the fact that there is a love that watches over us, kind of carries us through all kinds of adversity,” said Cross about the concept for the new album. “What's unique about my songwriting style is that I pull inspiration from... (women of history).”

The singer-songwriter also takes her inspiration from the rural farmland and forests of Wisconsin where she grew up, and the Rocky Mountains, where she has a home.

The album was recorded in Nashville, Tenn. and features Stuart Duncan on fiddle, mandolin and banjo; Matthew Pierson on acoustic and electric bass; Mike Payne on acoustic, electric guitars and six-string banjo; Blair Masters on piano, organ, accordion and melodica; Ken Lewis on drums and percussion; Paul Nelson on cello; Michael Douchette on dobro; Gary Pigg on background vocals and Dave Bechtel as a special guest for Gershwin's cover.


Gary Pigg- Singer, Nashville recording artist
"Story telling seems to be nearly a lost art these days among the multitudes of overly produced pop performers. This collection of beautiful recordings Mary Beth has culled together not only shows remarkable song sensibilities, but the inspirational and gentle voice that blends perfectly into the complimentary instrumentation. It's delightfully poignant and artistically gratifying."

Dave Bechtel- Producer
"What is so compelling about Mary beth's music to me is that it both educates and moves me. Her love and understanding of the struggles of the people for whom this great country was founded creates compelling stories. For her to tell these stories that so few have ever heard gives a voice to those who were born in a time when not everyone was treated as equal. this reveals Mary Beth's compassionate heart."

Deirdre Keohane
"Through the sweet purity of her voice, Mary Beth has captured the underlying, haunting story in "Babes in the Wood". I know Noel would be proud of this version." Deirdre Keohane-Irish singer songwriter Noel Brazil's life partner

Tony Joe White
"Mary Beth has a cool version of "High Powered Love" and I really like her voice."

Mollie O'Brien singer/performer
"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."

Paul E Keck, Jr. President, CEO, Linder center of HOPE
"In My Right Mind" is simply beautiful. Mary Beth is extraordinarily talented. Her work comes from her soul."

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