That’s right, fiddler and singer Becky Buller and her hot-pickin’ band will be at the former National Heritage Museum (now the unmemorably-named Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library) this Saturday, January 20th, sponsored of course by the Boston Bluegrass Union. Here’s their announcement:
If you’re a fan of acoustic music, particularly bluegrass, and you haven’t heard of fiddler Becky Buller, there’s a good chance you’ve heard some of her songs. Becky’s compositions have been recorded by Ricky Skaggs(“Music To My Ears”), Rhonda Vincent (“Fishers of Men”), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (“Be Living”), Josh Williams (“You Love Me Today”), and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (“Cottontown”, “My Angeline”, “Rest My Weary Feet”).
Becky Buller took home three IBMA awards in 2015: Emerging Artist Of The Year, Songwriter Of The Year, and Recorded Event Of The Year for the song “Southern Flavor”. SPBGMA chose Becky as a 2016 Songwriter Of The Year nominee. The IAMA chose Becky’s song “Nothin’ To You” as 1st Runner Up for their 2016 Country/Bluegrass Song Of The Year.
Then in 2016 Becky Buller was named both IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year and IBMA Female Vocalist the Year!
When Becky tours she is backed by The Becky Buller Band – Daniel Boner (guitar), Nate Lee(mandolin), Daniel Hardin (bass), and Ned Luberecki (banjo).
And yes, I’m happy to announce that Becky and at least some of the band will be squeezing into WHRB’s Studio BC, for a surprise visit to Hillbilly at Harvard, between 11:00 AM and 12:00 noon tomorrow!
I saw The Becky Buller Band (click for her website) at the Joe Val Festival last year, and was mightily impressed. Originally from St. James, Minnesota, she is an ebullient lady and bandleader, and a genuine triple threat musician, as fiddler, singer, and songwriter. You’ll get a great taste of all three at the show Saturday evening. She’ll have her terrific 2014 album, ‘Tween Earth and Sky for sale, too.
Opening for the Becky Buller Band will be long-time Boston stalwarts, True Life Bluegrass:
Founded in 1985 (at the first Joe Val Day), True Life Bluegrass has been dedicated to traditional bluegrass and gospel, with emphasis on lots of straight-ahead picking and excellent harmony singing. The band consists of Boston-based bluegrass veterans such as Steve Watt (banjo & mandolin), Ellen Hays (guitar), Eric Levenson (bass), Tony Watt (mandolin & guitar), Michael Bean (Dobro), and Laura Orshaw (fiddle).
National Heritage Museum
(Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library)
33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA
7:30pm (box office opens at 6:30pm)
$27 for Members
$29 for Non-Members
For advance tickets to BBU Events, click HERE
PS For more on The Becky Buller Band (and photos!) see HERE. /CL
UPDATE 26Jan18: Hope you all got a chance to hear Becky and three bandmates (minus Dwayne Anderson and bass, not named above, who stayed back at the hotel for fear of our small studio—though as it turned out, I moved my CD/record cart out, and he has a skinny bass, so we could have fit him in) in Studio BC, all on one mic. People tell me it sounded mighty good, and I certainly had a fine time squeezing out of the way during songs, and bantering with Becky, Professor Dan, Ned and Nate (‘the human adverb’, as Becky calls him—’Nate Lee’, get it?).
The Becky Buller Band put on quite a show for the BBU and audience at the Museum Saturday night, too. Becky and band are not (yet) household names, and many told me that hearing them on the radio encouraged them to come out and see her live. They were all delighted. Becky closed out the show with a stunning encore version of her own gospel song, ‘I Serve a God (Who Can raise the Dead)’. It was really quite something, especially at the end of a night of energetic performance. I don’t have a video of it but here they are (with a different singer on the left) at the AFBA Bluegrass Festival in Windgap, PA, back in August 6th of last year: