(Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan)
Watch:: Jamie Dear / Blessed Hands /Polk County
Videos from Della Mae’s South and Central Asia Tour
DELLA MAE (BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) was born in 2009 from a yearning for a traditional bluegrass sound in the heart of New England. When the band started, there was not a single all-women bluegrass band on the national touring scene. One of the main goals of Della Mae from the start was to showcase strong women in bluegrass. Their musical style seamlessly blends years of experience with traditional mountain music and modern singer-songwriter sensibilities. Della Mae has toured throughout the U.S., playing festivals, music clubs, house concerts, churches, and conducting workshops.
KIMBER LUDIKER (FIDDLE) excelled at Texas-style fiddling from the early age of three. A fourth generation-fiddler, Kimber went on to win the title of Grand National Fiddle Champion in both 2009 and 2010. She has traveled to France, Ireland, England, Scotland, and more playing bluegrass. Kimber is considered a pillar in the next-generation fiddle scene.
CELIA WOODSMITH (VOCALS/GUITAR) possesses a deep knowledge of blues, Americana and folk. She brings a commanding voice and presence to the stage. Having opened for such artists as Taj Mahal, Leon Russel and Janis Joplin’s Big Brother and the Holding company, she is able to push boundaries while bowing to the traditions of bluegrass.
SHELBY MEANS (BASS) was born in the bluegrass state of Kentucky, and raised on the windswept prairie of Wyoming. Shelby began singing and playing the upright bass with her brother Jacob on mandolin, and dad Warrie on banjo. From the plains of the front range to the international stages of Europe, China, & Israel, Shelby has performed with numerous bluegrass and folk artists. Shelby’s bass is named Buddha. A current resident of Nashville, Tennessee, Shelby was most recently a member of the folk rock group, The David Mayfield parade. Shelby has performed at festivals such as Bonaroo, Orlando Calling, and Rockygrass and opened for Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, the Del McCoury Band, and Dawes.
JENNI LYN (GUITAR) got her love for bluegrass music from her father who plays the banjo and guitar. She first picked with Bill Monroe when she was 9 years old, backstage at a bluegrass festival in North Carolina. She has followed in the footsteps of her musical heroes and has performed on the stages of the Ryman Auditorium, The Grand Ole Opry, and The World Famous Station Inn. Jenni Lyn recorded on the IBMA Award winning “Proud to Be A Daughter of Bluegrass” project and the picture of her playing music with Bill Monroe is currently on display at the International Bluegrass Music Museum.
COURTNEY HARTMAN (GUITAR/VOCALS/BANJO) is at the forefront of a new generation of acoustic musicians. A Colorado native, she grew up playing bluegrass with her siblings. Courtney has performed in Scotland, Slovakia, Italy, France and throughout the US, won numerous guitar flatpicking championships, and is currently living in Boston and studying on a scholarship at Berklee College of Music. She is the first recipient of the American Roots Music Scholarship at the college.