Fresh, Expressive Music from Della Mae (‘This World Oft Can Be’)

Della Mae – This World Oft Can Be
*** ½ (out of 4 stars)
Label: Rounder Records

Who is Della Mae? And who do I thank for introducing me to their music? Well, Della Mae is: Kimber Ludiker, Celia Woodsmith, Courtney Hartman, Shelby Means, and Jenni Lynn Gardner. And we can thank Rounder Records. The five-woman group known as Della Mae, released their debut album on Rounder Records today, titled This World Oft Can Be. It’s a melodic collection of songs that is all about the blend — the blend of their warm, sweet vocals and the blend of songs they perform, ranging from bluegrass to folk to blues. It’s a surprisingly cohesive album of roots music with an edge, achieved through a consistency of vocal purity.

Della Mae performs “Empire” (written by Celia Woodsmith)…

The five female makeup of the group has no doubt guided their diverse musical choices, which is a good thing. The album’s 12 songs, all originals with a “first-take feel” to them, make a good argument to the idea that Della Mae is not a group to pigeonhole. Just when you think what they specialize in is lilting ballads, they play a lively number just as well. From the sound of this album (produced by bluegrass guitarist Bryan Sutton and mixed by indie rock engineer Paul Q. Kolderie), Della Mae is definitely one of those acts that will not disappoint in a live concert. To view their current touring schedule, click here.

Essential Downloads: “Letter From Down The Road/And Other Things,” “Hounds,” “Ain’t No Ash Will Burn,” “Some Roads Lead On.”

To preview or purchase this album on iTunes, click here.

Greg Victor

Greg Victor (Parcbench Culture Editor) covers the worlds of tennis and country music for Parcbench. Based in New York City and frequently on the road.

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