A fine, mellow Bluegrass/Americana performer is Colorado's Mary Beth Cross, a persistent and solid presence at music events and venues in the Rocky Mountain area.
Her newest release is a six-track ET that touches all around feelings and life of the West without being specifically “Western.” Her writing is inspired, say the promotional notes, by stories of her family and the forests and farms of her Wisconsin upbringing and, of course, that Colorado effect! The closest to the Western genre would be “Cottonwood Creek” and “Threshing Time,” a lively trip onto her grandparents' 1940s era dairy farm.
Covers of Paul Simon's “Kathy's Song,” Doc Watson's classic “Shady Grove” (on which her band mates get to fly in solos), Gary White's hit “Long Long Time” and a lengthy but interesting medley that takes “Summertime” by the Gershwins & Dubose Heyward and melds it with Van McCoy's “Moondance” and an original of hers (done in English and French versions) called “Pas de Deux.”
Cross' very tight band consists of co-producer Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle/mandolin/harmony), Tyler Grant (guitar/harmony) and Adrian Engfer (bass/harmony). Enjoyable on many levels.
CD: (available through www.cdbaby.com/cd/marybethcross6 or