Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Screech Malone at Friends of Old Time Dance in Tallahassee

Here's a cell phone pix of Karen, Jay, and Mary Z (Aden not pictured) Screech Malone played the old time dance last Friday and Mary Z. sat in on banjo.
Lots of fun and good fiddle tunes!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

banjo girls at Suwannee Dulcimer Retreat/ Dec. 2006

Aubrey Atwater trying out MaryZ's new 12" Chuck Lee banjo with the Tony Pass ancient wood rim. MaryZ holds Aubrey's Reiter.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Lo Gordon Society Christmas

With the holidays coming fast, it's not too early to order "Lo Gordon Society" gear for your Cedar Mountain banjo enthusiast!

Go to this site to order T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, and more!
I have the pink ladies shirt and the gray T too and they are high quality shirts with nice lotus flower design

Friday, November 10, 2006

Cedar Mountain banjo

Carroll sent me this photo that he snapped a couple weekends ago at Mary & Lo Gordon's home. Yes, that is my Cedar Mountain banjo that I am playing at the party. I also played it in the banjo contest and in the band contest.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Cypress Creek/ long ago and far away

Brian Hill sent me this old promo photo of a bluegrass band we were in over 35 years ago.
Boy were we ever young then! By the way, that's my Gibson RB250 when it was new. I still play it today as a clawhammer banjo and it still sounds great.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

2nd & 3rd in old time banjo contest

Here is a pix of Chip Arnold and me--still friends--after the old time banjo contest finals.
Joe Decosimo got first, I placed second, and Chip placed third. My blue ribbon is from the mountain dulcimer contest where I placed first.
The contest was well attended and the competition extremely well represented. I heard the other four finalist play--and wouldn't you know it--not a single one was having a bad day. They all sounded like first place to me.

New custom Lee banjo arrives

Boy is this ever a beauty and it sounds as good as it looks.
Just a beautiful tone. I played it for both sets at the Barberville Festival this weekend--it was hard to put it down!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Old Time Music Competition 10/28/06 Brevard, NC

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Peghead sketch for inlay on new Lee banjo

Here is the sketch Chuck Lee sent of the rough outline of the peghead inlay. I can't wait to see the finished inlay. Chuck is such a wonderful artist. I love the way he came up with the basset hound floating on a cloud.

If you'd like to see some of Chuck's finished inlay and banjos--check him out at:


More later!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Itunes links to Mary Z. Cox CDs

Mary Z. Cox: Vintage Banjo

Mary Z. Cox: Walkin' That Banjo Home

Mary Z. Cox: A Secret Life Of Banjo

Mary Z. Cox: Banjo Dreamin' Suwannee Nights

Or just type in "Mary Z. Cox" in the search box on itunes

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Bob & Mary Z. Cox to play at United Way luncheon

Bob and Mary will play the first lunch setting at the Pepper Building this Friday.
All proceeds for the lunch go to United Way.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Here's a fun personality test--fun for banjoists. !

Your Five Factor Personality Profile


You have high extroversion.
You are outgoing and engaging, with both strangers and friends.
You truly enjoy being with people and bring energy into any situation.
Enthusiastic and fun, you're the first to say "let's go!"


You have medium conscientiousness.
You're generally good at balancing work and play.
When you need to buckle down, you can usually get tasks done.
But you've been known to goof off when you know you can get away with it.


You have medium agreeableness.
You're generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.


You have medium neuroticism.
You're generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.
Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.
Your life is pretty smooth, but there's a few emotional bumps you'd like to get rid of.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is high.
In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.
A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Walkin' That Banjo Home Banjo Tab Book is Ready!

Simple banjo tabs to the seventeen tunes on the Walkin' that Banjo Home Cd.
I've been working on it all summer and it arrives tomorrow :)

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Ponce de Leon /new banjo tune

Just put up a brand new banjo tune--Ponce de Leon (Mary Z. Cox 2006). Its a raw cut and the finished track won't be ready till next year--but have a listen if you'd like!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

New imix/ Falling Leaves Sampler

Hello, For all you itunes and ipod enthusiasts--I just put up a new imix of banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, vocals and more. It is here: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewIMix?id=191537307 Take a listen if you'd like. I tried to load up some of my favorites with a couple tunes of my own. :)

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Banjo Dreamin Suwannee Nights tab book

This is my latest (2006) tab book. There are 17 simple tabs to the 16 tunes on the CD by the same name.
Suwannee River, We Three Kings, Dinah, Shepherd's Wife Waltz, Rockin' In A Weary Land, Sweet Sunny South, Song Of the Chanter, Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss, Winder Slide, Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground, John Stinson's # 2, Hangman's Reel, Big Scioty, Going Back to Cairo, Light the Torch Jeannette Isabella/Good Christian Men Rejoice
If you happened to download the CD in itunes, you may not be aware that the tab book exists. :)
There is a nice form letter in the back to encourage your spouse to support your new banjo purchases as well as some nice playing and historical notes and pictures.
Check out this month's (September) Banjo Newsletter for a review of the CD and tab book.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Welcome home, Natalie

Natalie moved back to Tallahassee with Bob and I to work and go to school. She's even painting walls in the house. We are enjoying having a young face around the house.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Cedar Mountain Banjos

Lo Gordon & Mary Z recording a banjo duet in July. Posted by Picasa

Happy Birthday, Arcy

Arcy(green sweatshirt) with Cox cousins. Arcy (Sidney ) just celebrated his 28th birthday a few days ago. Here is a photo of him from when he was in Tallahassee last March. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Clawhammer banjo

Here is one of my neighbors that stopped by to pick a tune on my custom Deering banjo and to try on my beekeeper helmet. Don't we have a good time here in Tallahassee?

Saturday, August 19, 2006

kayaking on Saturday morning

Bob and I Kayaked on the Wacissa River this morning. It may still be the prettiest river left in North Florida. The water is cold and clear and you can see fish and turtles swimming. The birdlife is abundant and awesome. Lots of kayakers today and one very loud airboat. :)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Coming soon-Beginning old time banjo and mountain dulcimer workshop

Beginning Mountain Dulcimer and Old Time Banjo Workshops


Mary Z. and Bob Cox

Time: Saturday, October 7, 2006 from 10:00 AM--12:00 Noon (Mountain Dulcimer) and 1:30--3:30 PM (Old Time Banjo)

Place: Craft Square Cabin # 1 at the Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs, Florida (on the Suwannee River) http://www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster

Registration: Call the Craft Square
at 386-397-1920 to register and pay class fee.

Come to the workshops and stay on for the

Cracker Coffeehouse that evening.

Don’t miss out on all the fun—sign up soon!

Mountain Dulcimer 101

Have a mountain dulcimer and want to get started?
Here’s a two hour introduction to Appalachian style playing
with the 2006 Uncle Dave Macon Days mountain dulcimer champ.
Come tuned in DAD and be ready to have some fun learning to
play a simple first tune to get you started.
This is a fun instrument and easy to play—especially if you
have ever played another instrument. Limited to 12 students.
$20 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon

Old Time Banjo 101

Here’s a two hour “hands on” workshop to the old time banjo. If you have a functional five string banjo and want to get started on a frailing motion with your right hand and begin a simple old time tune with your left—this is the workshop for you. If you are a beginner, but still need help with the basics—this is for you too. J Please come with your banjo tuned in open G. (gDGBD) and ready to have some fun. Limited to 12 students. $20

1:30-3:30 PM

Short Bio

Mary Z. Cox – is a banjoholic with 12 banjos. When forced to stop buying banjos, Mary entered clawhammer contests and won two top-notch banjos in one year as prizes. She’s been playing since she was 12 and is a past Florida champion. She has recorded five CDs, has written four banjo tab books, and has been published in Banjo Newsletter. Today, Mary plays concerts, teaches at camps, and records with family and friends. She enjoys introducing students of all ages to new tunes, techniques, and the banjo life.

Mary Z. is also a dulcimaniac with 7 mountain dulcimers, a past Florida Mountain dulcimer champion, as well as the first place winner in the 2006 Uncle Dave Macon Days in Tennessee. Her “Dulcimer Fandango” CD is a park favorite in the Stephen Foster gift shop.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Lucky dulcimer

Here's a photo of my Blue Lion Mountain dulcimer. It's the one recorded on the Dulcimer Fandango CD, and the one I won the Florida Championships with. I have been playing a couple of my other dulcimers lately, but just happened to dig this one out for the 2006 Uncle Dave Macon Days. I played "Step Around Johnny." Of course, I had the lucky contestant number too--13!

I had forgotten what a pretty tone this dulcimer has. It is rosewood and western cedar.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Sweet Potato Five/contra dance band

Here's a photo Bob snapped at the John C. Campbell folkschool in July at the Dance Musician's week. The instructors assigned us to small groups to play a couple dances each evening. They assigned us five ladies together (3 fiddles, a banjo, and a piano) so we became the Sweet Potato Five. We played "Put the Hog's Foot a Little Closer to the Fire & Seneca Square Dance" as a medley for dancing. We also played "Westphalia Waltz" It was great fun with some very talented and fun ladies and it was wonderful to watch the dancers having so much fun dancing to our music. :)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

More imixes with banjo and other artists

Here's a link to more of my imixes at Apple itunes. Take a listen--its really kind of fun putting them together. It's about a 103 outside--so I have to stay inside so I am trying something new. :)
Here's a snapshot of a very large Luna Moth that visited on the screen of the bathroom window in the log cabin this summer. It was pretty warm in the mountains too. :)

Monday, July 31, 2006

I can't go to Clifftop

We can't make it to Clifftop this year--maybe next year. Here we are heading into the dog days of August and it is plenty hot in Tallahassee. Since we can't go to West Virginia, Donna Germano suggested I put together some imixes for itunes.

Here is one called "Southern summer porches." I mixed some of my old time banjo tunes with some other good picking--the type of music you might hear on a summer night rolling off the back porches in the deep south--old time banjo, blues, folk rock--definitely good sounds. :)
If you use itunes--go take a listen and see what you think. :)
Here's the link:

Friday, July 28, 2006

Banjo duet/July 2006

Here's a couple shots of Lo Gordon and I recording a banjo duet when we visited Brevard in July. We recorded on two Cedar Mountain banjos and hope to have the tune on our next CD.
We are wearing the new Cedar Mountain T-shirts which are awesome and I bet Lo will have them for sale at Clifftop. :)

Here is a link to Lo's banjo site
I have a beautiful A2 with the rosewood rim and tone ring and the mountain ginseng on the peg head. While in North Carolina, I got to play a friend's Cedar Mountain A scale. He had it tuned regular and capoed up to D--so I took the capo off and tuned it right up into double D--and boy did that banjo punch up there with no capo. It was awesome!