Della Mae proves again and again the endless possibilities found in the tried-and-true marriage of fiddle, fretboard, and voice. Their lineup is a who’s-who of promising young pickers: lead singer Celia Woodsmith, guitarist Courtney Hartman, bass player Shelby Means, mandonlinist Jenni Lyn Gardner, and two-time National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker are all seasoned performers who have won countless contests and shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Del McCoury, Leon Russell, and Laurie Lewis. Though they don’t shy away from showing off their considerable technical talent, Della Mae is at heart a song-driven band with vocals that can tell an entire story in the merest syllable, and instruments that play with finesse and vivacity to match. Their 2011 release, I Built This Heart, was an impressive debut, a delicate balance between bluegrass grit and singer-songwriter sensitivity. With a new album in the works-produced by Bryan Sutton and their first label release-it’s clear that Della Mae is just getting started.
Della Mae, a nominee for IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year (along with Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen) at the 2012 IBMA awards, is (left to right):
Celia Woodsmith – vocals, rhythm guitar
Jenni Lyn Gardner—mandolin
Kimber Ludiker – fiddle
Below is a post from Della Mae on their web with info on their upcoming State Department tour:
As the weather gets colder we are preparing to wrap up our festival season and launch into our American Music Abroad tour. Below is a promotional video we made special for that tour, anything look different to you? We have had a fantastic summer. As the days grow shorter we find ourselves talking about how lucky we are to have such a supportive group of musicians to help us along the way. We are blessed to be included in a community that watches out for one another, and whose members take the time to mentor performers, such as ourselves, who are still figuring out the tricks of the trade.
Special mention goes to The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Del McCoury Band, and of course Bryan Sutton. We love you all!
We have a few more shows before we fly to Pakistan on November 6th. The purpose of the American Music Abroad tour is to be a cultural exchange and learning experience for local people and ourselves. We will be collaborating with local musicians, teaching educational programs to youngsters and playing concerts for people whose only experience with Americans may have come under much more dire circumstances. We hope to build a bridge between ourselves using music as our common language. After Pakistan we will be traveling to (in no particular order) Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. Yes! We will be taking pictures and documenting our experiences every step of the way. Right now we are in the process of setting up a blog, and we hope to leave you with some of the lessons that we learn on our travels.
If you want to check out more of AMA’s mission or the other bands who are touring the world check them out HERE.
Cheers to you, new fans and friends! See you this winter for the release of our new album in January.
Love, Della Mae
For more info and to listen and view videos of Della Mae, visit their web page http://dellamae.com.
Here is a video from Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2012 of Della Mae at Creekside stage playing Polk County
Here is part of a set from Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival earlier this year.
This is a video from Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival this summer.