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Listen to music and audiobooks by Mardell at Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and all major streaming platforms.

Audio music CD albums and T-Shirts are for sale at BandCamp. 

Mardell Shares Stories - a weekly podcast presenting stories read aloud from great classic books and short stories suitable for the entire family. Adventure Stories, Westerns, Fantasy, Romance Stories, Fairy Tales, and more. Something for all ages and all walks of life!

Also for sale at BandCamp are some great Tee-Shirts that go along with ideals presented on the audio CD "State Of The Union,"  a political folk/R&R musical journey addressing issues facing America and the world today. 


Cabin In The Hills audio CD
Heart Of The Hills vol.1
Heart Of The Hills vol.2
Heart Of The Hills vol.3
State Of The Union audio CD
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Power To The People Tee-Shirt
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Make Change - Vote Your Dollar Tee-Shirt for sale

cabin in the hills

Americana, Political Folk, Alternative Country Music, Multi-Genre Female Singer-Songwriter and Story Teller Mardell McCombs portrays all the beauty, magic, and mystery of the simple country life on this audio CD "CABIN IN THE HILLS." Tales of Love and Loss, Ancient Family Feuds, Moonshiners, Tales Of Grandma, Hard Times and Good Times, Tales about Country Tradition, and more.

heart of the hills

Many songs on the Heart Of The Hills audio CD trilogy Vol. 1 - 3, a collection of mountain ballads by singer-songwriter Mardell McCombs, are akin to the "Child Ballads".

The Child ballads are traditional ballads from England and Scotland and their American variants, anthologized by Francis James Child during the second half of the 19th century. Their lyrics, and Child's studies of them, were published as The English and Scottish Popular Ballads in 1860.

The majority of the ballads date to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Although some are claimed to have very ancient influences, only a handful can be traced to before 1600.

Mardell, as a child, roamed freely in the woods and hills of Appalachia, hearing many of these, and variants of these, old songs from West Virginia and Carolina mountain folk. Mardell has put tunes to, and sung the lyrics of these ballads as she remembers them in this three-album music collection; Heart Of The Hills - Vol. 1 - 3.

Mardell does not claim that the songs in the Heart Of The Hills trilogy are authentic reproductions of Child's research or that they are all from the Child Ballad Collection. They are her interpretation of what she heard, felt, saw, and loved as a child.

Ballads are an exciting insight into the human condition of centuries past. Song and storytelling were the news and entertainment of the times, the method that history, legends, wisdom, morality, and ethics were passed from generation to generation. Storytelling in verse and song was the method for passing knowledge and keeping the tradition alive in a time when few people could read or write.

On one extreme, some ballads recount identifiable historical people in known events, embellished for dramatic effect. On the other hand, some differ from fairy tales solely by their being songs and in verse, and some have been recast in prose as fairy tales.

In these ballads, dating mainly from 1600 to 1700’s you will find the following tales:

  • The ghost of a dearly departed summoned from the grave gives doleful warnings.
  • A fair maid receives nocturnal visitations from a shape-shifting sea creature.
  • Plus, a serial killer, murder most foul, infanticide, love, lust, betrayal, and the mother-in-law from hell!
  • Not to mention the curious case of the Little Pig.

In volume 2, you will find:

  • Noble knights and fair ladies.
  • Ignoble knights and faithless ladies.
  • A dastardly villain gets his comeuppance!
  • The sorrows and pleasures of love.
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie takes the cake.
  • A lively groundhog hunt. (Hey, Grandpa! What’s for supper?)
  • And the ever-popular talking parrot.

In this final trilogy of mountain ballads:

  • More medieval melodrama!
  • Including, but not limited to-
  • Murder, mysticism, magic, marriage, tragic love, and cruel vengeance.
  • An elfin knight, a wicked sister, and a creepy town.
  • Another talking bird. (A very fine bird.)
  • And a ram worthy of P. T. Barnum.

state of the union

An old-fashioned political folk/rock and roll musical journey that looks at issues facing America and the World today. An inward perspective of where we are as a people, questioning how we got here and offering simple solutions. Music and lyrics are not aimed at causing chaos but are intended to make people think and work towards a common goal - peace and harmony - in a world gone wrong.

  • Power To The People!      Make Change VOTE Your Dollar!

mardell shares stories

It’s storytime!  Choose a podcast and begin your adventure.

  • ASTOUNDING STORIES OF SPACE AND TIME Short stories by classic Science Fiction authors.
  • LOVE’S TENDER FLAME  Complete novels for romantic hearts to thrill to!
  • THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ  All 14 original Oz books you loved as a child, to rediscover and share with your own.
  • STORIES FROM THE SHADOWS  Gothic tales of the supernatural from the golden age of ghost stories. Keep the lights on!
  • TALES OF WONDER Classic fairy tales
  • THE LOCKED ROOM  Mystery and Detective fiction from the Golden Age of Crime writers.
  • THE SAGEBRUSH TRAIL  Saddle up for Western Adventure from the Pecos to the Yukon.
  • THRILLING ADVENTURES Pirates, Swashbucklers, Explorers, Hidden Treasure.
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