Della Mae (from the E.P. The Butcher Shoppe E.P. on Rounder Records)
Forming in 2009, Della Mae set a mission of showcasing top female musicians and to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, programming, and performance. Over the course of seven years, Della Mae built their yearly touring log up to 200 dates a year. In 2016, the string band took a break, Della Mae returning in 2019 carrying a collection of new tunes as The Butcher Shoppe E.P.Bassist Zoe Guigueno provides the backstory recalling ‘last fall we made an impromptu decision to go into the studio and record a few of our favorite songs. There were some tunes we'd been playing live for years that we'd always wanted to record; we also had a couple brand new originals that we decided to include. I think this new E.P. really showcases the energy of our live performance. I'm very proud of it’.
The Butcher Shoppe E.P.busts out of the gate at a gallop, Della Mae stirring up some Gypsy Jazz that they spread around the dance floor with “Bourbon Hound”. Original guitarist Avril Smith joins Della Mae on the E.P. along with Molly Tuttle. The pair of players pop up throughout The Butcher Shoppe E.P.along with banjo player Alison Brown who jumps in on the cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons”. Strings sizzle and sparkle when Della Mae lets the instruments take the lead on “No-See-Um Stomp” while harmonies and rapid fire playing propel “Bluebird Blackbird” on its journey to find love. The Butcher Shoppe E.P.crackles with the excitement the four members of Della Mae felt returning to the studio and touring. Della Mae post a warning sign on love as they change the rules for a cheating partner with Lester Flatt’s “Sleep with One Eye Open” while their collective hearts take a beating in “Whipping Post”.
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