Della Mae is a Grammy-nominated, Nashville-based all-female string band. Their mission: to make great music and showcase top female musicians, while helping to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, programming, and performance. With a musical approach that’s steeped in tradition yet firmly rooted in the present, they have a completely original style that blends years of experience with traditional mountain music and modern singer-songwriter sensibilities.
Since forming in Boston in 2009, Nashville-based string band Della Mae has established a reputation as a charismatic live act comprised of some of the finest players in bluegrass, Americana, and beyond.
Originating from different musical backgrounds and states across the US and Canada, each member brings distinct elements that make Della Mae such a beloved band. Together they have a completely original style — sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current. Versatile instrumentalists and vocalists, they draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrant original music that conveys expansive musical vision. With timeless lyrical truth-telling and an unmistakably contemporary sensibility, they stand alongside such roots-conscious acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.
They were IBMA’s Emerging Artists of the Year in 2013, GRAMMY Nominees in 2014 for their debut album on Rounder Records, named among Rolling Stone’s “10 bands to watch for in 2015,” and have since traveled with the US State Department to over 18 countries spreading peace and understanding through music.
Through powerful experiences traveling the world together, the group discovered that Della Mae is more than a recording and touring band. Their mission to make a difference in the world emerged, and it became clearer that reflection was required to determine Della Mae’s next move.
In May 2016, after six years of extensive touring (averaging 220 days on the road per year, travel to over 30 countries and almost all US states), Della Mae took a break from the road. Each member took time to regroup, to pursue individual passions and projects, to regain footing, and to reflect on what they had just done — individually and together. This reflection revealed what Della Mae has come to mean to thousands of fans, to young girls worldwide, and to themselves.
Now, Della Mae is embarking on a new chapter together.
In 2018, to further their mission of showcasing top female musicians, select appearances feature special guests including GRAMMY award winning banjo player Alison Brown, Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival, original Della Mae guitarist Avril Smith, and more.
On March 1, 2019 Della Mae released The Butcher Shoppe EP on Rounder Records. The recording debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart, and remained in the top five for three weeks. NPR Music premiered the album with a First Listen, saying, “… Della Mae seems to have narrowed its priorities to one: showcasing its combination of playfulness and muscle as a performing unit.”
Refinery29 recently praised “Bourbon Hound” in its ‘New Music to Know This Week:’ “This barn stomper of a single is soaked in Kentucky bluegrass vibes and the old school country aesthetic with some of the best harmonizing you can imagine.”
“No See Um Stomp” is the first instrumental Della Mae has recorded, to high praise, including from Pop Matters: “Besides the convivial wordsmithery, Della Mae’s musicians are a master class. The clearest display of Della Mae’s adroit musicality is in the instrumental “No-See-Um Stomp.” The track is a three-minute blast showcasing Della Mae’s intrepid musical talents.”
Della Mae is excited to be touring in support of The Butcher Shoppe EP and recording their next album.