Della Mae, a 4-year-old Boston-based bluegrassish band, took American music to the “stans” — Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan — on a recent 43-day tour for the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad program.
Now, the band is touring the United States in support of its first Rounder album — “This World Oft Can Be.”
It follows “I Built This Heart,” Della Mae’s self-released 2011 debut.
Fiddler Kimber Ludiker founded the band in 2009 with musicians from different different parts of the country and different backgrounds.
She’s a two-time winner of the National Old Time Fiddlers Contest.
Vocalist Celia Woodsmith comes from a blues/rock background; guitarist Courtney Hartman studied at Berklee College of Music; bassist Shelby Means is a former Nashville musician and mandolin player Jenni Lyn Gardner comes from a strong bluegrass tradition.
Their sound isn’t traditional bluegrass. It aligns more closely with bands like the Avett Brothers, the Punch Brothers and the Lumineers.
Between them, Woodsmith and Hartman wrote nine of the 12 tracks.
The lyrics are poetry set to music and the music is beautiful.
“Letter From Down The Road/And Other Things” is a love story that finds the singer wanting to stay with the man she loves until the end of time.
The title track says music takes her cares away.
“Ain’t No Ash” says loves is a precious thing, but it burns like West Virginia coal — and when it’s cold, no ash will burn.
“Hounds” says the hounds of heaven are chasing her, but it’s not her time to go.
“Heaven’s Gate” is about a ghost drawn to the place where she killed herself.
And “Empire” is about a ghost town.
Beautiful music by a strong band.
Can’t find it in stores? Try http://www.DellaMae.com.