Mary and Mars


  • From Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • An acoustic trio formed in 2002 to explore the outer limits of bluegrass. They played everything from bluegrass classics to Motown and reggae.
  • Members: Sharon Gilchrist (mandolin), Ben Wright (guitar) and Josh Martin (bass).
  • Gilchrist previously played mandolin and bass with the Dixie Chicks. She has a degree in Mandolin Studies from Belmont University in Nashville. Also studied mandolin in Savona, Italy with master Carlo Aonzo.
  • 2004, released Mary & Mars Live at The Old Blinking Light album (Big Headed Kid Music).
  • 2004, broke up. Gilchrist went on to work with Uncle Earl, The Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet and other bands.