Mary Bue

It's been five long years since Duluth talent Mary Bue released her excellent third album, Boat With No Oars. That's a long enough span that it was reasonable to wonder whether Twin Citians would ever get the chance to hear another record from the piano-based songwriter. The extended recording hiatus comes to an end this month with the release of Apple in the Ocean, which gets the CD-release show treatment. Still just 30 and now settled back in her home state after a lengthy stretch living in Seattle, Bue sounds confident and composed on Apple's set of mostly mid-tempo and lushly arranged folk-pop. What the album lacks in stylistic variety is more than made up for by Bue's distinctive voice, which sounds a bit like a twangier and subdued Ani DiFranco, and her frequently caustic and always well-crafted lyrics. With Brian Just Band, American Rebels. (Photo by Sarah Holden)
Sun., Aug. 19, 8 p.m., 2012

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