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Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series

2013 Concerts


Brown Bag Lunch concert take place on the east patio
at the Historic Depot Museum
located on the West Side in Downtown Cookeville from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

October 4- Mean Mary, acoustical variety

 Mary James, a Florida native now based in Nashville, began life as a musical prodigy--could read music before she could read words and co-wrote songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on the guitar, banjo, & violin, and entertained audiences across the US with her vocal and instrumental skills. Her life has been one long road show intersersed with television, radio, and film. She has performed more than 500 live TV shows and over 4, 000 road shows-including national festivals, fairs, cruises, colleges, theatres, clubs and house concerts.

 Mary labors on her TV show, produces music for herself and other artists, produces shows and videos, is co-writing a novel trilogy about the music world, is an endorsing artist for Deering Banjos, and is constantly touring. She plays 11 instruments and has recorded 12 albums, her newest being Walk a Little Ways with Me.

There is not room here to tell the whole life story of Mean Mary, but if you’d like to hear more of it, listen to her music—it’s all there.

October 11- Sugar Tree, cowgirl boots, strings, and harmonies

Sugar Tree is Amber Field, Megan Naseman and Deborah Payne.  Three wanderin' women who found their way back to these tippy-toes of the Appalachian foothills have joined forces (strings, harmonies, and cowgirl boots) to bring you SUGAR TREE, based in Berea, Kentucky. 

In the fall of 2010, over soup and homemade bread, we ran into one another at a small potluck.  After easily improvising three part harmonies, it became clear that we should work up a few tunes and consider being a band.  A year and a half and countless pies later, we've been to Japan, sang at a few weddings, and performed live music in a world-premier play!  Because we got started in a living room, and later recorded there too, we titled our self-produced extended EP, Living Room Live. It's for sale at our shows. 

Besides making music, we like to make pie, protest mountain top removal, go swimming or sledding and eat ice cream.  Give us a shout if you'd like these three fun-loving ladies to perform at your event!  We love house concerts!

October 18- Scott Chism and the Better Half
Formed in North Mississippi (Tupelo, MS) and now residing in South Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS), Scott Chism & the Better Half have been playing their blend of energetic americana/folk/bluegrass/old country live shows all across the southeast since 2008. They have shared the stage with acts like Danny Barnes, Grayson Capps, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, The Dirt Daubers, The Kentucky Headhunters, Shannon McNally, Cary Hudson/Blue Mountain, Cedric Burnside, Kenny Brown, Ruby Jane Smith, and many other talented bands/musicians. The core of SC&BH lies mainly with Scott Chism on acoustic guitar/vocals and Lynsey Terry on vocals. They recently released their long-awaited debut album "Long Haul Steady" which was recorded at Adam Landry's Playground Sound Studio (Deer Tick, Middle Brother, Those Darlins) in Nashville, TN. Produced by Colonel Braden Land & SC&BH, the session brought together Chris Scruggs on lap steel (BR549, Andrew Bird); Jen Gunderman on keys/accordion (Warren Haynes, Steve Earle, Chris Robinson, Dag, The Jayhawks); Molly Thomas on violin/fiddle (Todd Snider, Will Kimbrough); Jon Radford on drums (Justin Townes Earle); & Jake Bradley on bass (Wanda Jackson). The album also includes amazing artwork from Adult Swim's own Ben Prisk (Squidbillies, ATHF). Look for Scott Chism & the Better Half on tour in a city or town near you!     

October 25-No Brown Bag Concert-attend COOKIN' ON THE SQUARE around the Courthouse

All concerts are free and lunch is available on site.