In My Right Mind
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 musical influences began with the early folk music of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Kate Wolf, Judy Collins, Emmy Lou Harris, John Denver, Peter Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Dan Fogelberg, Gordon Lightfoot, and Simon and Garfunkel as well as the Beatles. The showtunes of Broadway and the singer/songwriters of the 90's including Nanci Griffith, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls, Richard Thompson, David Wilcox, Alison Krauss and Union Station band, Mary Black and the music of the Celtic Music of the British Isles helped to expand her influences. Her new found love of the banjo and the roots music of Appalachia and early country music offer a vast array of influences from the music of Nickel Creek, Infamous Stringdusters, Tim Obrien, Darrell Scott, Claire Lynch, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder to the instrumentation of the world class banjo players including Bela Fleck, The Kruger Brothers, Tony Trischka, Jayme Stone and Steve Martin.