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Mary Z. Cox

Bio 2019

Carolina Banjo is what happens when 2-time Florida & North Carolina banjo champion,
Mary Z Cox & Champion North Carolina fiddler, Tim Gardner, get together in October in the Carolina Mountains and record.

And this time, Darren Nicholson dropped by the studio—adding that high lonesome bluegrass patina on mandolin & guitar. If that weren’t enough—MaryZ’s new Goldtone baritone banjo debuts with deep slinky tones, and Cindy Carpenter adds her just right vocal harmony to the mix.
This is about as old school bluegrass as it gets in a modern studio—heartbeat instead of click track—tapped feet—eye signals—laughing & singing & hey let’s try this!
Two-time Florida & North Carolina banjo champion, Mary Z. Cox, has played banjo since she was 12 and has been a recording artist since 1999. She’s recorded 11 CDs, plays concerts & festivals, gives workshops, and authors banjo books. Her music’s been played on National Public Radio’s, “Thistle & Shamrock”, “All Songs Considered,” Pandora World Music Genome, & the BBC. She’s taught clawhammer banjo for over a decade at the John C. Campbell Folk School as well as camps & festivals nationwide, including the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC, Cal Tech & the Florida Folk Festival.

Craig Evans, videographer & interviewer for the popular DVD series “Conversations With Old Time Performers” says Mary Z was included in this historical project because of her prolific recordings & instruction books & energetic hands on instruction, which have helped thousands of folks around the world become better banjoists and musicians.

Many folks know Mary Z for her “Good Morning Banjo” videos on Face Book & YouTube where she posts impromptu banjo & dulcimer videos from unexpected places in the United States and around the globe. Others know her from the 2016 & 2017 Banjo Babes Calendar & compilation CD.

2019 is the 20th anniversary of Vintage Banjo, Mary Z’s first CD and there is a brand new CD this year to celebrate. Carolina Banjo was recorded in award winning fiddler & banjo builder Tim Gardner’s studio in October with 17 traditional and original tunes and songs. There’s a clawhammer Carolina Banjo Tab Book too & more. There’s lots of banjo music going on in 2019.
Please check Mary Z’s website for updates.

Mary Z Cox holds 2 graduate degrees from Florida State University and grad level certifications in education for youth & adults. “Folks learn more when they are having fun” is her educational philosophy. “If a banjo calls to you—buy it—its your destiny” is her motto.