2013 Honorable Mention Pick 12

Della Mae: The World Oft Can Be (Rounder, 2013).

A beautiful all female bluegrass/country/folk record from the folks at Rounder.  Outstanding  vocal harmonies, high quality playing by the fiddle, mandolin, and acoustic guitar players.

The record only has one or two super uptempo tunes and the rest are midtempo and a few ballads, including one of my favorite tunes on the record, Pine Tree.

Whoever recorded this band did a really good job — acoustic instruments are not easy to capture, but everything is here and in the right place.  I would have put this record on best of 2013 if the lyrics were more original.  I found myself listening more to the music but I do love great lyrics and will listen to them when they’re sent my way.

This is a cool embedded Youtube video Rounder Records put up.  You can click on each individual tune within the whole record.

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