Della Mae to make Opry debut

Della Mae backstage after accepting their 2013 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year awardWith news of their Grammy nomination fresh in the mind, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year for 2013, fans of Della Mae will be delighted to learn that the group will be making their Grand Ole Opry debut tonight, December 10.

Beginning with the May release of their debut album, This World Oft Can Be, for Rounder Records, this final show of the year for Della Mae is the culmination of a very successful year for the five multitalented young ladies; the 2009-2010 National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker, driving mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner, seasoned bass player Shelby Means, the powerful vocals and acoustic guitar of Celia Woodsmith, and innovative guitar flat-picker Courtney Hartman.

The Tuesday evening show at the Ryman Auditorium can be heard by audio stream on WSM Radio (AM 650) or by downloading the Grand Ole Opry app

A grateful Ludiker sums up “ …. what a way to top off an incredible year. Thanks to all of you for the continued support.”

Here’s a sample from the CD, Empire … 


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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.