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Her performance style is an amalgamation of folk, rock, blues and country acoustic licks blended with a gritty contralto voice that perfectly fills a small coffeehouse – or blows the roof of a large club. While heavily influenced by the classic rock of her youth, Maria is musically reminiscent of the early works of Tom Petty, Melissa Etheridge, or Neil Young. Her voice brings to mind the polish of Tracy Chapman – or the volatility of live Janis Joplin. One listener described her as “Lucinda Williams plus Def Leppard with a side of Indigo Girls and Jimi Hendrix… minus the electric guitars.” [+]