A quartet of determined women, Della Mae has brought old-time and Americana to the world for nearly a decade. The line-up may have changed over the years, but their take on bluegrass remains firmly rooted in a southern tradition that occasionally gets dressed up in modern sensibilities.
Formed in Boston in 2009, the band quickly hit the road and stayed on it for nearly six years. Along the way, they recorded their Grammy-nominated album This World Can Oft Be, played upwards of 200 shows a year and earned a name for themselves at festivals across the continent, releasing a follow-up self-titled album in 2015. Through a life spent on stage and in hotels around the world, their activist perspective developed a sharpened focus on furthering the participation of girls and women in the music industry through mentorship, performance and advocacy. At the same time, their tireless work ethic saw their musicianship and sound expand, with critics counting them among the elite Americana and bluegrass outfits around. This is quintessential folk music band — a group of activism-minded people who aren’t afraid to step outside tidy conventions while remaining mindful of their roots and having a stomping good time doing it.
Biography by Derek McEwen