"Stand out tunes include Mary's take on Swannanoa Tunnel, an old English work song made popular by Bascom Lamar Lunsford, along with two original tunes, Andrew Jackson Go Back Home and Hunchback Whiskey, that she plays on her Wunder Hunchback fretless gut string banjo. Mary also has the enviable ability to take an old chestnut and make it hers, a la her double-tracked version of Golden Slippers...along with Soldier's Joy and Angeline."
--Don Nitchie/Banjo Newsletter May 2004
ALSO AVAILABLE--Banjo tab book with simple tabs, playing hints, and historical and personal notes on 15 tunes on this CD. Please visit my web page or email me to order.
Mary Z. Cox's warm, laid back, banjo is featured on her five CDs. (Vintage Banjo, Walkin' That Banjo Home,Dulcimer Fandango& A Secret Life Of Banjo & Banjo Dreamin' Suwannee Nights) She's the 2004 winner of the Tommy Thompson Memorial Old Time Banjo Contest(Florida Folk Festival), 2003 Florida Old Time Banjo Champion,and the 2002 Florida Old Time Mountain Dulcimer Champion. She plays string band dance music and duets with her husband, Bob, and records with friends and family.
Her tabs, articles, and MP3s have been published in Banjo Newsletter and Studio Magazine. She is a regular performer and workshop host at the Florida Folk Festival and takes great delight in helping others discover their banjo style.
Mary Z. is a third generation Floridian and received her first banjo when she was twelve. Her granddad was a professional banjo player, and his father was an old time fiddler from St. Joe, Missouri. His Dad was Cyclone Thompson who rode the Pony Express.