On Monday, September 1, young bluegrass sensations Della Mae will electrify the stage of Door Community Auditorium (DCA). Nominated for a Grammy this year, the five young women who make up Della Mae combine centuries’ worth of musical influences with a fresh, acoustically gritty sensibility. Armed with classical training and bluegrass smarts, the members of Della Mae showcase their considerable technical talent with Texas-style fiddling and vocal abilities beyond their years.
“Move over, bluegrass boys,” writes American Songwriter magazine. “Della Mae’s newest album…[is] proof that Americana ain’t a man’s world any longer.”
In just a few short years, Boston-based Della Mae has become a sensation in the world of contemporary bluegrass. With vocal, instrumental, and songwriting talent to spare, these five young women revitalize time-honored musical traditions to create a bluegrass sound that’s unmistakably modern. Their most recent album, The World Oft Can Be, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2014. In demand at festivals across the country even before their Grammy nod, Della Mae imbues their live performances with a captivating chemistry, finesse, and vivacity.
Each of Della Mae’s members brings an impressive musical pedigree to bear on the band’s music. Band founder Kimber Ludiker hand-picked the musicians of Della Mae from all over the United States: singer Celia Woodsmith comes from a blues/rock background, guitarist Courtney Hartman studied at Berklee College of Music, bassist Shelby Means played with various bands in Nashville, and mandolin player Jenni Lyn Gardner was well versed in traditional bluegrass.
The Boston Globe says, “The five young women who make up the group all possess instrumental virtuosity that coheres in vintage bluegrass fashion while giving lively support to the throaty sibilance of lead singer and principal songwriter Celia Woodsmith. This World marks Della Mae as an emerging bluegrass force.”
Della Mae will perform at DCA at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 1. Tickets for the concert range from $18 to $32. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made through the DCA box office, located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person, on the phone at (920) 868-2728, or online at www.dcauditorium.org.