As the winner of last year's band competition, Mile Twelve earned its opening position in the Saturday show. Without the win, they might well have been higher in the lineup, since they have become a hot band. In the coming months, they will be playing at a number of venues in the mid-South, where emerging bluegrass bands must seek and find an audience, will be an official showcase band at IBMA's World of Bluegrass at the end of September, and then will embark on a tour of New Zealand, home of banjo player Catherine (BB) Bowness, who came to Boston to sharpen her already outstanding picking. Furthermore, in the past year, the band has filled an important hole in its sound by adding mandolin player David Benedict. This is a band with the training, chops and ambition to go a long way. Take a look at their group and individual credentials on the bio page of their web site.
The Barefoot Movement has made significant moves beyond doffing their shoes. Recognized by IBMA for a Momentum Award, they have been an official showcase band at World of Bluegrass and in the Americana world, too. They bring the sensibility of an old-time string band to contemporary music and subject matter with warmth, humor, and musicality. Their homespun look belies both their training and their professionalism as they've found a look and sound that fits them well.
Becky Buller seems to have become increasingly comfortable inside her skin as she leads her band through a variety of songs, most written by her over career from the time she left her home in Minnesotta to attend ETSU, spent significant time with Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike honing her delivery, and, after assuring herself of her own readiness sojourned out on her own. The result, after one major personnel change this year, is a polished, professional, yet down home show that gives each member of the band plenty of opportunity to show his chops while the focus remains on Buller, a versatile and engaging performer. Nate Lee, doubling on mandolin and fiddle along with Dan Boner on guitar and fiddle add to an extremely versatile band lineup. Banjo guru Ned Luberecki, at least at Podunk, wasn't sufficiently showcased.
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