Music Singer-songwriter and keyboardist MaryBeth Doran. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice

Singer-songwriter and keyboardist MaryBeth Doran. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice

Three questions with MaryBeth Doran

Published on November 19th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

MaryBeth Doran, 27, is a singer-songwriter performing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St.

Q: You’ve lived and performed all over the place. What brought you to Iowa?

My family moved around a lot, but I’m very much a Midwestern girl. My boyfriend, Ben Mars, is a bass player I met at the Gibson showcase rooms in New York. He got picked up by a big pop tour last summer and realized he didn’t want to be in that scene any more. His dad’s company is based in Adel and his grandpa owned a farm here. When (his grandfather) passed away the farm was essentially sitting empty. He asked me if I wanted to come and work on music here and be a little closer to home.

Q: What are your thoughts on the Iowa music scene?

I absolutely love it. There’s a great music city going and the art scene is growing. For me, it’s super refreshing. I was ready to be in a place where I could be part of a more grassroots scene. I’ve had all this space and time to work on the farm and get some writing done and I’ve got to meet some good people here. I’ve really enjoyed the diversity. It’s almost so diverse that with the bands I really enjoy it can sometimes be tough to find a good co-bill. But it always makes for interesting musical evenings.

Q: Your show this week is a single release party. Is it a preview of a larger album?

The song is called “Butterflies.” I wrote it probably half a year ago, and it has slowly been taking on a life of its own. I’m not exactly sure what form the music might take. I have enough songs that I’m debating if I want to push for a full record or just release singles through early next year. That way if people enjoy the music they can always have something new to listen to. At some point I’ll grab what I’ve put out and add new material and put it out in the form of an EP or record.

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