Della Mae/Dale Ann Bradley/Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands (#1706)

Boston-based alt-grassers Della Mae, five-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley, and folk-bluegrass group Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands perform at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville.


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Jubilee


Jubilee

Some top women in bluegrass are featured in this episode of Jubilee, recorded at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville.

Three acts take the stage: five-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley, Boston-based Della Mae, and folk-bluegrass group Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands.

A former Coon Creek Girl and mainstay at Kentucky's Renfro Valley Barn Dance, “Daughter of Bluegrass” Dale Ann Bradley grew up in Eastern Kentucky in a shack near Loretta Lynn’s childhood home. Her childhood helped to form the music she sings today, which is a mix of first-generation bluegrass classics and new songs.

In a relatively short period of time, the band Della Mae has become a sensation in the music world. With vocal, instrumental and songwriting talent, the Boston-based combo creates contemporary bluegrass music. The group won a following through high-energy live performances at festivals around the country, and they released their first album in 2011.

Laurie Lewis, who was born in California, fell in love with American folk music as a teenager. In her early 20s, she discovered the bluegrass scene in the San Francisco area. She has since performed with several bands throughout her music career, has twice won California’s Women’s Fiddling championship, and won a Grammy award in 1997 for the album True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe.

This program was recorded at: 2012 IBMA Fan Fest