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Della Mae Adds New Guitar Player Courtney Hartman and Performs Shows During IBMA

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Della MaeAustin, TX — Della Mae, the all-woman bluegrass quintet out of Boston that brings acoustic grit and twang to town with no apologies, will play shows in Nashville during the IBMA Business Conference and Fan Fest.

Della Mae features the 2009-2010 National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker, powerful mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner, seasoned bassist Amanda Kowalski, and the sweet, sultry vocals and driving acoustic guitar of Celia Woodsmith.

A new member has joined the band: Courtney Hartman, a bluegrass guitar flatpicker from Colorado who grew up playing music with her family. "An extraordinary bluegrass guitarist and a fluid, inventive improviser … one of the finest musicians I have ever had the privilege of working with," said Matt Glaser, instructor at Boston's Berklee College of Music.

The band will release its debut full-length album, I BUILT THIS HEART, in October, with all-star guests Alison Brown, Laurie Lewis, Brittany Haas (Crooked Still) and Emma Beaton (Joy Kills Sorrow). The album was produced by Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter) and engineered by Erick Jaskowiack.

Vintage Guitar magazine describes Della Mae's sound as "straightforward, expertly executed music that stays true to its inspirations." Its musical style seamlessly blends years of experience with bluegrass music and modern singer-songwriter sensibilities. With award-winning instrumental abilities and a reputation for energetic live performances, the five women of Della Mae are turning heads.

Della Mae performed at RockyGrass and Grey Fox Music Festival and others this year and will play at the Bluegrass Jamboree in Germany in December.

In the words of master mandolinist Mike Marshall, "These gals can get down and aren't messing around."

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