“HAUNTINGLY POETIC, WARMLY VOICED ROCKER” – MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Best Songwriter 2020 City Pages

“Every scene has its bright fleeting highlights, its fickle wave of each generation, and its longtime anchors, but through the scene I’ve known and loved, in Duluth MN, Mary Bue has been the thread that runs so effortlessly through its heart, hands, and soul. She arrived boldly and prolific. I have heard her piano climbing out the window and cascading down the Central Hillside neighborhood in the summer and  the howl of her guitar muffled in the basement in winter. Her new recording is a triumph not only as a reflection and victory over adversity, but as architecture for healing and change. I don’t let myself be lifted by just anyone, but I can trust Mary. She means it.” – ALAN SPARHAWK (LOW)

BIO

“Mary Bue gets better every record she makes. This is her best batch of songs yet. There’s an earnestness and vulnerability in her music—she’s generous with her heart but she’s fierce.” – ADAM LEVY (THE HONEYDOGS)

Mary Bue is a songwriter, Nada yogi, traveler, runner, vegan, retreat guide, music + yoga teacher based out of Minneapolis, often roaming this beautiful world. Her newest album The World is Your Lover is a synthesis of her seven-plus releases, merging pianos and guitars, spiritual longing, and real-world sorrow. Her previous albums achingly express life in melancholy piano-poems, yet in 2015 Mary risked a genre switch to aggressive electric guitars, concise lyricism, and a nod to to 90’s grunge. 

Not one to bow to popular music trends, Mary has stayed true to her own sound, evolving and about to emerge, butterfly-like, with support from her new band collaboration Mary Bue & the Monarchy (a nod to the precious pollinator that graces Minnesota summers) feat. Steve Price, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Richard Medek, Shannon Frid-Rubin, Julia Floberg, Molly Maher and Crystal Meisinger with special album guests Alan Sparhawk (Low), Adam Levy (The Honeydogs) and Stephan Kung (The Suburbs).

In January 2020, Mary traveled to Rishikesh, India at the base of the Himalaya (where the Beatles & Donovan studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi) to study Nada Yoga – the yoga of sound. Sanskrit mantras, lessons in harmonium, voice,  and sitar (which she purchased and brought home, ha!), yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, and purification techniques were practiced to invite a pure vessel for deeper experiencing & creation of sound.

A prolific songwriter, Mary’s music touches upon archetypal themes of the human condition: love, loss, triumph, dreams,  and the natural world. A longtime student of yoga and psychology since her early teens, Mary weaves sacred subject matter into her songs, seeking of deeper levels of consciousness, and deep concern for the environment mixed into her sometimes crass, real-world hue.  She released The Majesty of Beasts in May 2017 which landed on 2017’s Best of Minnesota Music lists for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and #3 in the City Pages. Mary’s long-time support of PAVSA (Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault) as well as the release of this EP was also recognized, honoring Mary with 2017 Community Ally of the Year.

Noteworthy:

  • Best Songwriter 2020 Award – City Pages
  • Artist in Residence – Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico – Jan-April 2017
  • Recipient of multiple Career Development Grants via Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
  • Mary’s most recent three albums were fully crowdfunded via Kickstarter
  • Toured extensively in 40+ states
  • 2015’s Holy Bones on rotation in 100+ college radio stations + critically acclaimed in UK & Europe
  • Artist in Residence Fellow at Seaside Institute & Big Cypress Nature Preserve
  • Top 5 Battle of the Bands Contestant in 2014 for Welcome to 1979 Studio (Nashville)
  • Top 5 Bridge Sessions Contestant w/ Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra 2015
  • Board of Directors with Duluth Homegrown Music Festival – 4 years

Praise:

“It’s for someone who wants something fresh and uninhibited,  something stimulating and candid; and something instinctive and unbridled.  It’s a winner.” – Duluth News Tribune

MARY BUE UNLEASHES HER FANTASTIC BEASTS – MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Before she left for the desert, Bue also traveled to Nashville to record her new EP, “The Majesty of Beasts,” a stunning collection that covers thicker personal terrain in four quick songs than is found on most full-length albums. … It’s high time Bue’s talent becomes more universally known in her newly adopted hometown.

MARY BUE SINGS ABOUT SURVIVING SEXUAL ASSAULT AND LEAVING DULUTH ON HER NEW EP – CITY PAGES

Her momentum hasn’t slowed since. Bue’s seventh release, The Majesty of Beasts, is a brief but powerful pop-rock EP that veers between fierce jams and wistful ballads

MARY BUE SERVES UP GUT-PUNCH ICEHOUSE SET BEFORE HEADING SOUTH CITY PAGES 

As Mary Bue and her whip-crack band tuned up, it became clear that for all the smiles and laughs, they weren’t there to mess around. When 2007’s “No Turning Back” kicked the crowd in the gut, the tone became clear: This was no bullshit; it was a winter howl, a big riff riding tight rock ‘n’ roll rhythms.

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE – BEST LOCAL ALBUMS OF 2015 (SO FAR) 

Fans of ’90s alt-rock darlings like Belly and Jen Trynin will immediately take to the rocky hooks of songs like “Candy” and “Heart’s Desire.” Bue’s ghost-confronting, demons-wrestling lyrics seep in more slowly but prove similarly alluring. – Chris Riemenschnieder

DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE – UK – ALBUM REVIEW

There are darker, hidden, depths that take a bit of time to fully appreciate beneath the face value of the songs but once you spend a bit of time exploring the inner secrets of the album it will be one you return to time and time again. – Dave Franklin

MUSIC EXISTENCE – ALBUM REVIEW Holy Bones

It’s quite brave of her to shift direction so starkly six albums into a career distinguished more for its critical plaudits than any commercial success. However, this possibly foolhardy move pays off artistically and listeners can hear how her clear, free-spirit approach works up a wicked groove throughout that doesn’t stop or fade out as the release moves through its eight tracks. – Montey Zike

GASHOUSE RADIO – ALBUM REVIEW – Holy Bones – PHILADELPHIA

Holy Bones is unique fare. Bue has co-opted a well-worn musical vocabulary and twisted it with her individualism and idiosyncratic voice. Her top shelf songwriting and evocative musical accompaniment are informed with considerable chops, but every performer involved has the taste and good sense to orchestrate these songs for maximum effect. Holy Bones is one of the year’s best understated mood records, but its achievements extend beyond easy categorization. Bravo to her for this daring and suggestive musical reinvention. 9 out of 10 stars.

Booking

Contact:
David Priebe, Agent

Email: david @ flemingartists.com

Phone: 734-995-9066 ext 13

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Hi-Res Promo Photos

Mary Bue Headshot 2019 (Credit Darin Back)

Mary Bue Photo 2019 (Credit Darin Back)

Mary Bue Photo Lengthwise w/ Guitar 2019 (Credit Darin Back)

Mary Bue Headshot 2019 (Credit Darin Back)

The World is Your Lover Album Cover (vinyl)

The World is Your Lover Album Cover (cd)

Mary Bue Photo 2017 (Credit Jon Hain)

Mary Bue Photo 2017 (Credit Jason Huntzinger)

Mary Bue Photo 2017 (Credit Jason Huntzinger)

Mary Bue Photo 2017 (Credit Jason Huntzinger)

Mary Bue Photo 2016 (Credit Angelica Engel)

Majesty of Beasts Album Cover