UPDATE 1Jun13: Had a delightful visit in the studio with Della Mae; seemed like the time was too short. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did, and the listeners as well. Many thanks to Larry Flint for taking time out of his busy performance (and sleeping) schedule to engineer, and run the show while I was in Studio B. Thanks also to Sheila Selby for pitching in with mic setup.
A couple of corrections: The Lizard Lounge tonight is not “all ages”; it’s 21+. And Della Mae goes on at 9 PM, not 8 (corrected below). Also note that the early Passim show Monday night is sold out.
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The hot young band Della Mae, who performed live in Sumptuous Studio B last year when their first album came out, are returning Saturday, June 1st with a new album on Rounder. They’ll probably be on during the third hour.
Della Mae are making rounds of area clubs to celebrate the new album, This World Oft Can Be:
Saturday, June 1st: The Lizard Lounge: 9:00 PM (1667 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, 671-547-0759), 21+
Monday, June 3rd: Club Passim: 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM (47 Palmer St., Cambridge, 617-492-7679), all ages. [Early show sold out!]
Tuesday, June 4th: The Middle East: 7:45 PM (472 Mass. Ave., Cambridge), 21+ only. Rushad Eggleston opening at 7:00 PM.
On Tuesday, June 4 as part of their album release celebration, Della Mae will be debuting three songs at a time at various Clover food truck locations throughout Boston. The tour will conclude with a full show at the Middle East upstairs later that night.
Go to the Della Mae website for a link to purchase Middle East tickets.
From their bio on the website:
In a relatively short period of time, Della Mae has become a sensation in the music world. Commanding a powerful collective chemistry with vocal, instrumental, and songwriting talent to spare, the Boston-based combo mines time-honored elements to create music that’s unmistakably fresh and contemporary. . .
“The identity that we’ve developed as a band is a melting pot of our different personalities and backgrounds,” asserts founder, Kimber Ludiker. After having the idea at a summer festival, Kimber hand picked musicians from all over the country: singer Celia Woodsmith comes from a blues/rock background, guitarist Courtney Hartman studied at Berklee College of Music, bassist Shelby Means played with various bands in Nashville, and mandolin player Jenni Lyn Gardner was schooled in traditional bluegrass. Della Mae’s members hail from all over the United States, and the five women each bring impressive musical resumes amassed in their previous ventures.
Della Mae recorded This World Oft Can Be at Cash Cabin Studio, Johnny Cash’s former recording base, in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with noted guitarist Bryan Sutton in the producer’s chair. (Artists who have recorded at Cash Cabin over the years include Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, and George Jones). In addition to absorbing the studio’s inspirational vibes, Courtney Hartman played June Carter Cash‘s vintage 1933 Gibson L5 Round Hole guitar on “Some Roads Lead On,” while Ludiker had the honor of borrowing John Hartford‘s custom carved fiddle on “Letter From Down The Road.” The album was mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie, whose production resume includes albums with the likes of Hole, Radiohead and Dinosaur Jr.
“The whole band had a big part in arranging the songs, most written by Celia and Courtney, and together we molded them into what you’ll hear on the album,” Ludiker notes, adding, “The vibe at Cash Cabin Studio is incredible, and we did a lot of live recording. We overdubbed vocal harmonies and solos here and there, but it’s basically just us playing together in the same room. ‘Some Roads Lead On’ was captured on one microphone, in one take.”
Be sure to tune in Saturday, June 1st! And for a double treat, they’ll be on Cousin Kate’s “Sunday Morning Country” on WZBC-FM (90.3, 10 AM – 2 PM) as well.
Idle thought: I wonder if we can get them to sing the song they’re named for, originally recorded by the Osborne Brothers and Red Allen. . . /CL