A Nashville-based, all-female string band, has a completely original style – sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current. Versatile instrumentalists and vocalists, they draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrant original music that conveys an expansive musical vision. With timeless lyrical truth-telling and an unmistakably contemporary sensibility, they stand alongside such roots-conscious acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Della Mae were IBMA’s Emerging Artists of the Year in 2013, GRAMMY Nominees in 2014 for their debut album on Rounder Records, named among Rolling Stone’s “10 bands to watch for in 2015,” and have since traveled with the US State Department to over 18 countries spreading peace and understanding through music.
Their mission as a band is to showcase top female musicians and to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, programming, and performance.
The Dempsey Sisters, from Smithfield, VA, bring a youthful twist to music both old & new. Their three-part sibling harmony along with their passion for the artistry of music delivers a unique blend.
“Most musicians learn from books, but sometimes they’re mechanical and the music escapes their soul,” he said. “They’ve listened and absorbed the music, so when it comes out of their mouths it’s like a new genre of the song.
-Virginia Mountain Boys and state bluegrass/traditional music legend Bill Jenkins, who is in the Virginia Music Hall of Fame.