From An Article in 'Colorado Music Buzz', November 2007 It's hard to know where to start when talking about Mary Stribling. Highly regarded as one of Denver's top acoustic bassists ( and a mean electric player as well), she is also a superb composer and one of the funniest people you will ever meet. Not only does she give you great grooves, flawless intonation and a big singing tone with a bit of of Mingus in her sound, she may well have missed her calling as a stand-up comedian... Mary probably got her rock solid sense of timing by playing a lot of bluegrass. Her first band, the Twenty String Bluegrass Band, featured the late great Charles Sawtelle on guitar ( of Hot Rize fame). She also played for many years in the City Limits Bluegrass Band with banjo maestra Lynn Morris and recorded two LPs with them. Mary is also a founding member of the truly legendary Mother Folkers which, over the years featured such Denver greats as Mollie O'Brien, Vicki Taylor and Carla Sciaky. The MFs recorded three albums. Speaking of recordings, Strib is a seasoned studio pro playing on releases by Sciaky, Taylor, Katy Moffat, Bonnie Carol, Pamela Robinson, Kathi De Francis, Marcia Carteret, and many others...at the Botanic Gardens she backed up folk legends Odetta, Josh White Jr., and Ramblin' Jack Elliot. Mary's original compositions are world-class and she formed her own band Combo Amazo to showcase her original music. Stribling's song 'Chocolate' has been recorded by the Chenille Sisters and featured on 'Prairie Home Companion'. ...she also has a trio, Colourado, with pianist Deborah Schmidt-Lobis and jazz flute great Ali Ryerson, performing tunes by all three women. Mary is a monster blues, jazz, country, bluegrass and jazz bassist.