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Mary Stribling: Bio

Bassist, singer and songwriter Mary Stribling grew up in Denver, Colorado and began playing in bands at sixteen. Like a lot of Denver musicians, she met many future bandmates hanging out at Harry Tuft's Denver Folklore Center.

The first band she played in was the Twenty String Bluegrass Band. Twenty String band members were banjo player Skip Barnes, mandolin player Jerry Mills (currently with Southern Exposure), and the late and great Charles Sawtelle who was the guitarist for Hot Rize.

Mary played and sang for several years in City Limits Bluegrass Band. This trio performed at many festivals, clubs and concerts and featured Pat Rossiter on guitar and dobro and noted singer and banjo player Lynn Morris.

Mary is one of the founding members of the Colorado's legendary all-woman group "The Mother Folkers", "the most carefully pronounced name in show business".

She performs with her band "Combo Amazo" with Alan Singer on guitar, Eric Weber on mandolin and Harry Grainger on sax, flute and clarinet. The Combo plays original songs and instrumentals written by band members.

As a freelance bassist, she often plays on other musicians' recording projects and live performances and enjoys teaching electric and string bass.

Also, Mary plays jazz and blues with guitarist Neil Haverstick. Neil's recent blues CD features drummer Ernie Crews and Mary on electric and acoustic bass. It received four stars in the prestigious Downbeat magazine.

Gracie and Blue Inc., a duo featuring Don Batt on guitar and Gracie Batt on vocals often adds Mary's bass to their eclectic mix of music.