January 16th: Mari ByrdAffectionately described by her peers as NJ’s Joni Mitchell, Mary Hubley, known as Maribyrd, is a singer/songwriter born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of Northern NJ. Performing as a solo artist, with her bands, and sitting in with various artists throughout the NJ and NY music scene, she plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, a ittle bass, and loves singing harmonies. Byrd started playing music as a teenager, self taught on her mom’s old nylon string Yamaha. That’s when she started writing. Maribyrd’s debut album “Joe’s Basemant” was recorded in 2002, and is peppered with of some of the most talented musicians in the north jersey music scene. Hubley explored a variety of career paths, always keeping music in her back pocket, playing occasional shows and open mics as a hobby. The call to sing finally became too loud to ignore, and 13 years later, she found herself back in the studio. “The Cabin Sessions” was released the summer of 2015, followed by the debut album from her band Byrdgrass in 2016. You can also hear Byrd’s ethereal voice adding harmonies to many recordings that have come from other artists in the NJ music community. Pursuing her dreams, Maribyrd is spending more time on the road. She plays regularly throughout upstate NY and New England, has been a showcased songwriter in Asheville and Nasheville, and in 2016 completed her 1st cross country tour, successfully singing her way out to Seattle and back, winning over the hearts new fans by the minute. Some collaboration albums and a new solo record are in the works, look for Byrd to be flying through your town soon! Check her website by clicking here.