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Locally grown bluegrass

Kimber Ludiker, founder of and fiddler for the Boston-based all-female band Della Mae, believes her music will grab you.

Growing up, I was playing American fiddle tunes and Texas-style, Western swing, Bob Wills stuff. I came to bluegrass after going to my first bluegrass festival when I was about 15 years old. I moved to Boston after college to immerse myself in a city that has a great music scene. The acoustic and fiddle music scene here is one of the best. [She recently moved to Nashville.]

When I started this band, I started it actually as a joke. Late at night with a group of friends at a music camp in California, we were joking around about how fun it would be to start an all-female bluegrass band that played high-testosterone really fast bluegrass music, what we called “mangrass.” So I got a group of ladies together and we booked a couple of shows. The shows were really fun, and we decided it wasn’t a joke anymore. We decided to be a real band and not a gimmick.

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