OutWest Concert Series | Mary Kaye & Richard Lee Cody
OutWest Concert Series
Featuring Mary Kaye and Richard Lee Cody
OutWest Boutique & Cultural Center
Old Town Newhall, Santa Clarita, California
September 17, 2010
ABOUT MARY KAYE:
Mary Kaye walked into a guitar store three years ago on her birthday, pointed to a guitar, bought it and immediately started playing and writing music. This mother of 10 has been unstoppable ever since. Her music speaks to the soul. Her first appearance in the Western Music genre was at the 2009 Moab Western Stars Gathering where she shared her gift of writing and performing music that tells the story of the West. Since that first gathering, she has teamed up with the talented Richard Lee Cody to create a Western Music duo that had the honor of opening shows for Suzi Bogguss, the Sons of the San Joaquin and Curly and Belinda Gail this last summer.
Mary Kaye lives in the small pioneer town of Manti, Utah, and has grown to love the Western landscape and lifestyle. She was born and raised in the South and her Southern roots add a unique dimension to the the western lyrics she performs. Mary is a member of the Western Music Association and is a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year with the Academy of Western Artists for 2010.
Review by Rick Huff for Rope Burns Magazine: “Mary Kaye brings to the table one of the more captivating vocal presentations to come along in a good long while. She boasts a wider than usual vocal range (from soprano to near bass), a very tight vibrato and a dead-on accurate pitch across wide note spreads. They give her plenty of tools with which to express her music and she’s obviously in control of all of them. This CD [‘Clean Outta Luck’] with its solid acoustic guitar accompaniment and interesting content, provides a terrific showcase for Mary Kaye’s sweet to sassy performance. As a songwriter she is apparently equally at home with writing ballads, novelties or saga songs. Nine of the CD’s 12 songs are originals. Any of them are strong enough to be picked up by other artists, but particularly ripe for covers are the title track ‘Clean Outta Luck,’ ‘Three Nooses,’ ‘Lucy LaRue’ and ‘Cowboy Waltzin Across Her Mind.'”
ABOUT RICHARD LEE CODY:
Richard Lee Cody was born Richard Stephen Espinoza in Ogden, Utah, on January 5, 1966. His father, Steve Espinoza, hailes from Cortez, Colo., by way of Ogden. He is a Veteran of the United States Navy. His mother, Elaine Cummings Espinoza, was born in Heber City, Utah, where Richard and his family still live today. His grandparents, Roe and Lois Cummings, instilled a love for Country/Western music in their daughter, and she in turn passed it along to her son.
In 1980 one final move would take Richard back to his “ancestrial homeland, ” so to speak, to the Heber Valley of Utah. It was here that 100 years earlier his G.G. grandfathers would settle with the Mormon pioneers. Richard graduated from Wasatch High School in 1984, and a year later married Wendi Mills. The couple made their home on the ranch of her parents where they raised Quarter horses and beef cattle, as well as four great kids: JD, Cody, Brandee and DJ. Tough times would break up their marriage in 2000.
With CD in hand, he started out to expose the CD to folks around the West from Montana to Southern California. Richard’s deep Western roots and lifestyle are evident in the Western/Cowboy music he produces and sings today. He has had the honor of playing with and getting to know many of the genres top performers.