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Mean Mary


Mean Mary, Finger, TN

Mean Mary James, Mary James

member since: 12/31/2010
USA: Finger, Tennessee (TN)
Phone: (615) 604-7779

Mean Mary, international singer/writer & master of 11 instruments, is not really so mean—even Hank Williams Jr. called her a "sweetheart." But she IS infamous for her alluring story songs, incredible instrumental speed, & rich voice that can travel from deep emotion to sparkling trills. She is also the author of just-released (Jan 2012) banjo book The Sparrow and the Hawkand new novel Sparrow Alone on the Housetop.



Mean Mary’s YouTube videos receive over 4000 hits a night and rising!


Video: Mean Mary playing fast banjo

Music video: Big Red Barn (banjo, fiddle, mandolin)

Live performance video—NEW! Rose Tattoo (guitar, percussion)

Other links:     EPK     YouTube     facebook    



Mean Mary gives a dazzling display of instrumentation and vocals in her NEVER ENDING STREET tour. The tour (much of which is filmed live for her Nashville TV show) is underway and upcoming dates are available.


Her personality and energy light up the room and the crowd goes crazy  

Chris Lash, Radio Veteran, WDAP, WWON


Startling talent - The Tennessean


Such a treat to work with and so talented

Georgia Smith, Executive Assistant, California State Parks Foundation


Fantastic. I had chills from hearing your wonderful playing! Five Stars for sure!

Janet Deering, Owner / CEO, Deering Banjos


Last night was just incredibly wonderful. I love hearing your incredible instrumental talents and your expressive voice fill that lobby. Thank you so much for bringing your talents to us.
Ellen Jones Pryor, Director of Communications, Frist Center for the Visual Arts


Mean Mary started out life as a musical prodigy - could read music before she could read words and co-wrote original songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on the guitar, banjo, and violin, and entertained audiences across the US with her vocal and instrumental skills. Her life has been one long road show interspersed with TV, radio, and film work. She is also a prolific songwriter, book author, and the fun loving star of Nashville TV show, Never Ending Street.




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