Smart Bets: Mean Mary

Florida native Mary James didn't earn her stage name, Mean Mary, from kicking puppies or pantsing bandmates. It's all about her musical skills, namely her "lighting-fast fingers and raw, unmistakable vocal sound." James could read music before she could read words and co-wrote songs at age 5, according to her bio. She recorded her debut album when she was 6. After a near-fatal car wreck, James fought to overcome a frozen vocal chord (which she did) while also starring in the documentary TV show Mean Mary’s Never-Ending Street and penning novels. Her most recent book is Wherefore Art Thou, Jane? Mean Mary gives a book signing and performance at Firestorm Café on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. Free. firestorm.coop.

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