Brown Bag Lunch concert take place on the east patio
at the Historic Depot Museum
located on the West Side in Downtown Cookeville from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
2017 BBL Concerts
October 7-Mean Mary
Mary James, youngest of six children, was born in Geneva, Alabama, though her family lived in Florida, a couple miles below the Alabama line. Her mom (author, Jean James) and dad (WWII veteran, William James) lived a very nomadic lifestyle. On one occasion they packed up the family (Mary was four at the time) and moved from Florida to North Minnesota, near the Canadian border, to rough it in the wilds. Mary learned to read music before she could read words and was an official singer/songwriter before she’d started her first day of kindergarten. Mary, playing guitar, banjo and fiddle, recorded her first album at age six. At the end of the second grade, she went into home study and also started appearing daily on the Country Boy Eddie Show, a regional TV program out of Birmingham, Alabama. During this time, she also appeared regularly in Nashville, Tennessee at the Nashville Palace, on the Nashville Network, the Elvis Presley Museum, and on Printer’s Alley. To date, she is the award winnng author of 2 published novels – available now at bookstores: Sparrow Alone on the Housetop, and Wherefore Art Thou, Jane?. Today she labors on her TV show, produces music for herself and other artists, produces shows and videos, is co-writing a novel trilogy about the music world, is an endorsing artist for Deering Banjos, and is constantly touring. There is not room here to tell the whole life story of Mean Mary, but if you’d like to hear more of it, listen to her music—it’s all there.