Music Monday: Della Mae

Monday, November 19, 2012

I was first introduced to folk music in the mountains of Cache Valley, Utah in my late teens. I didn't know music could sound like that. Earthy and wholesome mixed with a touch of happy sorrow. Everyday people with regular jobs making music on the side. While folk music may have American root, I believe every country has some variety of this style of music. Often you'll hear themes of home and God threaded throughout the lyrics, but I think folk music needs some genuine clappin', foot stompin' and audience participation to truly be authentic. In other words, it needs the folk. 

Della Mae, a group consisting of five women that hail from all parts of the United States, were recently selected to be America's cultural ambassadors to Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. One group member explained their experience abroad as "musical diplomacy in action; it's us getting to meet people on the most basic level." To which I say preach on! 

Read more about the group on their homepage


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