Summit Daily News review by Mariana Wenzel

Mary Beth Cross releases new album ‘Beyond Good and Evil' is a collection of folk Americana

Cross describes the album, which is inspired by “the spirit and grit of pioneer women,” as “positive, uplifting and historical.” It is influenced by early folk music of the 70s including Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Joan Baez and The Beatles.

The new release represents a progression from her previous album, “In My Right Mind,” which showcased sounds from around the world, including African banjos, fiddles of Ireland and Scotland and “jazzy” French music, as she described it. Cello and banjo are the main elements of the new album, which features 2012 IDMA fiddle player of the year Stuart Duncan.