Hadn't had enough sleazy rock clubs lately, so we went to see Della Mae at the Middle East (upstairs) in Central Square on Tuesday, June 4th. Della Mae is a fine all-woman bluegrass band that's just put out their second CD and is hoping/preparing for a fast rise.
They definitely have some world-class talent floating around in the band, like Courtney Hartman's (another Berklee product) guitar playing, Celia Woodsmith's song-writing, the fiddling of Kimber Ludiker, and wonderful bluegrass-with-a-twist vocal arrangements. They've got room to improve, but are vastly entertaining now.
The Middle East upstairs was packed (celeb sighting: Rubblebucket's guitar player, Ian Hersey was in attendance), and Rushad Eggleston opened with his normal ton of energy and in-your-face cello playing [sic]. Della Mae came on and Kimber's fiddle's bridge broke! Oh no!! So Celia and Courtney opened with some folkie songs on guitar, and very quickly a replacement fiddle was found and brought up on stage. Trouble was it was a 4-string rather than a 5-string, but Darol Anger was also in attendance (don't you love Boston?) and came up with a replacement of his own, which sounded wonderful once it finally arrived. I'd love to hear Kimber's chops with a fiddle she's used to.
The played a short set, we yucked it up with Kate and crew, and then took off into the night. A *real* rock band was going to be on next...