Mary Lee Kortes

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  • Mary Lee Kortes

    This show was on Jan 13th, 2015 | 39 people watched
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    • Jan 13
      Excellent show! Sound and picture quality perfect, and no buffering issues encountered. More importantly, Mary Lee Kortes and her banjo and guitar colleagues played a very entertaining set, and engaged with an audience that should have been so much larger, given their talents. Hope she will do this again soon. And hope the Beulah album happens!
    • RJ
      Jan 13
      Outstanding performance!
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Perhaps Rolling Stone's David Fricke said it best when he proclaimed that "the bright bite in Kortes' voice combines the high-mountain sunshine of Dolly Parton with a sweet-iron undercoat of Chrissie Hynde. The New York Times added more praise to the singer/songwriter’s profile, describing her songs as “so meticulously crafted they sound completely natural.” The Village Voice has agreed,... more

Perhaps Rolling Stone's David Fricke said it best when he proclaimed that "the bright bite in Kortes' voice combines the high-mountain sunshine of Dolly Parton with a sweet-iron undercoat of Chrissie Hynde. The New York Times added more praise to the singer/songwriter’s profile, describing her songs as “so meticulously crafted they sound completely natural.” The Village Voice has agreed, calling her “a masterful songwriter”.

Mary Lee has released four CDs of original compositions under her performance name “Mary Lee's Corvette,” all to international acclaim and all landing on Billboard Magazine’s “ten best records of the year” in their years of release. She also released one album of covers – a complete, song-for-song recording of Bob Dylan’s classic Blood On The Tracks. It has been hailed by many critics as daring, and earned four stars from Rolling Stone for its “quietly direct magnificence.... Dylan likes this album so much he's featured one of the tracks on his web site.”

Having toured the world both as a headliner and opening act for such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Joe Jackson, Los Lobos, Ian Hunter and Steve Earle, Mary Lee brings her considerable creative and performing experience to her newest project, a song cycle entitled The Songs of Beulah Rowley, based on songs and diaries penned by a Midwestern singer/songwriter set during depression of the 1930s. An EP of 5 songs from this project titled “Mary Lee Kortes Sings from the Beulah Rowley Songbook” is now available. This is Mary Lee’s latest release and features Joe Jackson on piano. Plans for a full studio album are in the works for 2015.

With her interests expanding, Mary Lee decided she wanted to work at the UN with a focus on children in armed conflict. This has taken her as far as Iraq where she did a concert tour as well as led songwriting and music workshops. She has also served two terms as President of the United Nations Choir, which took her around the world, singing songs in numerous languages to international theatre audiences as well as children’s hospitals and nursing homes. “And I’m ever grateful that the music got me here,” she says, quoting a line from Beulah Rowley.

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