Mary Lee Kortes sings the songs of Beulah Rowley. Early mixes/work in progress. All songs by Beulah Rowley/Magdalane Music/ASCAP
released 19 April 2011
About The Songs of Beulah Rowley, Volume 1:
"I was on the road in the UK, thinking about my next record, wanting
it to be different somehow, to incorporate other kinds of writing.
What would that mean, I wondered, drifting off to sleep in my favorite
London hotel suite (that would be my friend Lizzie's sofabed). I woke
up to find someone named "Beulah Rowley" in my head -- a regionally
famous 1930s midwestern singer/songwriter. I wrote a song by her on
the spot, finished my tour, came home and wrote her biography. And
then a bunch more songs, by her of course.
Beulah's story is short, beautiful and tragic. We've started developing a "piece" as they call it including her whole story with lots of images (forthcoming on a Beulah facebook page and maryleescorvette.com
), some raw documentary footage about her, and of course her songs. We debuted it at The Cell in New York City recently (March 2011). It was a "smashing success" to quote the theatre, and there are more performances and development coming.
Volume 1 isn't finished yet, but we couldn't wait for that. We do have 5 songs ready for the hearing, produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, so here is an EP to introduce you to this wacky new adventure. It's been a blast for me and somehow feels like we're just getting started. I hope you like it.
And remember: Just because I made the whole thing up doesn't mean it isn't true."
Mary Lee Kortes
Mary Lee Kortes: vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Eric Ambel: electric guitar, keyboards, drum programing
Joe Chiofalo: accordion
Photo of Mary Lee: LeslieLyons.com
Produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel
Find more of Mary Lee's music at www.maryleescorvette.com