Della Mae, the all-women noveau bluegrass ("newgrass") band based in Nashville performed at a SOLD OUT house concert in Manchester, Vt Friday night. Billsville House Concerts hosted these five amazingly talented women, house concert number 81 or 82 there was some question prior to the show's start. Della Mae was winding down a New England tour and the dates worked.
They opened the show with "Letter From Down The Road" a tune off their 2013 Grammy nominated "This World Oft Can Be" CD.
A few songs in, the full house, standing room only crowd was treated to a Sippy Wallace song Celia Woodsmith Boyd called "the sassiest song I've ever heard", one that Bonnie Raitt made famous "Woman Be Wise"
Since its formation in 2009, the Boston-bred, Nashville-based outfit has established a reputation as a charismatic, hard-touring live act. Seeing them in this imitate setting was quite a treat.
House concerts allow for band/audience interaction that even smaller venues (listening rooms) cannot provide.
Touring to promote their 2015 release entitled "Della Mae" the band heads to the west coast in February but returns to our area in June for the Roots on The River Festival in Bellows Falls VT. They will be performing Friday night June 3. Tickets are on sale now.
Della Mae also serve as cultural ambassadors in the U.S. State Department's American Music Abroad program. In that capacity, they've undertaken a series of extended trips to Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, playing concerts for local audiences as well as collaborating with local musicians and participating in children's music-education programs.
Add this band to your must see list, you'll be glad you did!
Della Mae is:
Celia Woodsmith—vocals, guitar
Kimber Ludiker—fiddle, vocals
Jenni Lyn Gardner—mandolin, vocals
Courtney Hartman—guitar, banjo, vocals
Zoe Guigueno-- bass, vocals
Images from the show: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Della-Mae/Billsville/
My Della Mae video playlist on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoB4_zACiYD72cm4K-2JXQ4F
My Billsville House Concert video playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoCVHPI27BQl3Pj0VF-m0GvU