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Della Mae (above) will perform at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20. The all-female super group has just released a new CD, ‘The World Oft Can Be’ on the Rounder label. Grey Fox, known as a Who’s Who of Bluegrass Music, runs July 18-21 on the Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, NY.

What’s ‘Mangrass’? Bluegrass Gals Della Mae Rock Out with Unique Sound

By Wendy Geller (Rolling Stone Magazine)
June 26, 2013 6:30 PM ET
Although bluegrass is a genre that has its fair share of female artists, it’s hard to deny that it’s one of those musical arenas that happens to be more of a boy’s club. But that didn’t bother bluegrass fan Kimber Ludiker, who came up with a funny spin on the genre’s masculine leanings.

“It kinda started as a joke,” the fiddle player explains. “Where I would just get a bunch of girls together and we’d play high-testosterone bluegrass music and wear power suits.” Further tickled by the idea, she termed the music this ensemble would play should be termed mangrass.

What started out all in fun turned into something serious. Although she quickly ditched the idea of suits and the “mangrass” billing, Ludiker did assemble a group of talented female musicians from a diverse range of backgrounds and hometowns for the purpose. After recruiting Celia Woodsmith (vocals), Courtney Hartman (guitar), Shelby Means (bass) and Jenni Lyn Gardner (mandolin), “We played a couple of shows and decided it would be something worthwhile to pursue.”

As it turned out, “mangrass”–although a joke–isn’t a bad tag for the resulting sound the women put together. Originally calling themselves Big Spike Hammer (after the Osborne Brothers song of the same name), they changed it to the more feminine “Della Mae” (from the lyric in the same song, “Hey hey, Della Mae, why do you treat me this way?”).

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