Peace, Understanding and Bluegrass: Talking With Della MaeApril 24, 2018
Back on the road again! Nashville-based string band Della Mae returns to Seattle this Thursday, April 26. Beyond being International Bluegrass Music Award’s Emerging Artists of the Year in 2013 and Grammy nominees in 2014, Della Mae has since traveled with the US State Department to over 18 countries spreading peace and understanding through music. We caught up with the 5-piece, made up of Celia Woodsmith, Kimber Ludiker, Jenni Lyn Gardner, Courtney Hartman and Zoe Guigueno, to chat about new music and the band’s social mission.
Nectar Lounge: We read that you all emerged from different musical backgrounds and states. How did you meet and decide to form Della Mae?
Della Mae: We met in Boston around 2010. Some of us were there for school, some of us just working in the music scene. Kimber Ludiker (Fiddle) had the concept for starting an all-female bluegrass band that highlighted the talents of female soloists and instrumentalists.
NL: Where did the name Della Mae come from?
DM: Della Mae is a character in the song ‘Big Spike Hammer’ by The Osborne Brothers.
NL: The band clearly has a mission to make a difference in the world, and to spread peace and understanding. How have you achieved that through your music?
DM: We have seen firsthand how music can break down borders between people from all parts of the world, and all walks of life. Our songs speak from our travels, and our travels have shown us many diverse and beautiful places and people.
NL: Speaking of travels, I saw that you were recently in Russia! Can you tell us a little bit about the trip?
DM: We’ve been to over 20 cities with the US Department of State. These diplomatic trips have been some of the most meaningful work we’ve done, and Russia was no exception. Get on Celia’s Facebook page to read a great blog she wrote about the trip!
NL: Your last record was released in 2015. Are you currently working on any new music?
DM: Yes – we are writing and working up new music! Everyone in the band is contributing great stuff, and we’re playing several new songs during our show.
NL: We’re so excited to hear them! And we’re thrilled to host you at Nectar Lounge on April 26. What would you say fans can expect from the upcoming show?
DM: We have the great Danny Barnes opening the show for us this time, so anyone who isn’t a huge fan of his already can expect to become one by the end of his set! For our performance, we are looking forward to presenting a mix of material from all three of our albums, plus a healthy portion of the new material we’ve been working up. We may or may not have a new percussion instrument in the band as well…
Don’t miss Della Mae with very special guest Danny Barnes live at Nectar Lounge this Thursday!