Shelby Means to Della Mae

Boston-based alt-grassers, Della Mae, have announced Shelby Means as the new bass player with the band.

Shelby played with a number of bluegrass groups in her native Wyoming, before moving to Nashville recently where she had been performing with The David Mayfield Parade. Readers may recall Mayfield’s time as guitarist with Cadillac Sky before that group disbanded last year.

Della Mae fiddler Kimber Ludiker tells us that Means is a perfect match for these neo-grassy gals…

“We are so happy to introduce Shelby as a full-fledged member of Della Mae. We’ve spent the last few weeks with her writing and arranging songs for our upcoming album. Not only has she proven herself invaluable to Della Mae’s creative process, she’s also an incredibly sweet person and a great musician. It couldn’t have worked out better.

We are very lucky and blessed to have her.”

…and it seems the feeling is mutual coming from Shelby.

“I couldn’t feel more honored to step into a project like Della Mae. The music is solid, the women are mature and passionate and the horizon is bright for this band. I look forward to creating music and laughter, performing, and building lasting friendships with the women of Della Mae.”

Della Mae is getting ready to track the aforementioned record, in Nashville at the storied Cash Cabin Studio, once owned and utilized by Johnny Cash and June Carter. Erick Jaskowiak has been tapped to engineer, with Bryan Sutton producing.

We expect to get more details through the summer as recording proceeds.

Look for Della Mae at major festival and club dates across the US throughout the 2012 season.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.