We believe the best music is LIVE music, so we seek to create a CD of one of our most extraordinary live performances.
"Let's All Do Some Living" will be the album title, it's a lyric from a Rolling Stones cover that will be on the album called "Wild Horses." We believe when you attend a live show that is what you are doing - living! And what better way to preserve that feeling than doing a live album.
This album incorporates some classic covers and some original music from the band - all recorded live!
If you're new to our band - we are Cane Mill Road from Deep Gap, NC. Here is little from our bio:
Think of a young Steep Canyon Rangers, Infamous Stringdusters, or Nickel Creek, then mix in the on-stage energy of Billy Strings and homespun rapport of Balsam Range — that’s Cane Mill Road.
Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, bluegrass band Cane Mill Road rocks the traditional bluegrass standards they were raised on, yet boldly writes original music with roots in the fertile grounds of bluegrass, old-time, blues, jazz, folk, and Americana music. Audiences love Cane Mill Road’s high-energy performances, easy going rapport both on and off stage, and the eclectic mix of originals and standards in the show.
Rapidly rising in the bluegrass scene, they are the youngest band to garner an IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Momentum Band-of-the-Year nomination (2018). Cane Mill Road landed a prestigious IBMA Ramble Band showcase slot in 2017 being one of 30 bands selected out of hundreds of applicants. Grey Fox selected them as an Emerging Artist in 2018 and the band returned to the iconic festival in 2019 to play the main stage twice, including a set with Billy Strings sitting in.
The band’s first two albums spent seven weeks on Billboard’s bluegrass albums chart, including two top 10 debuts.
The band will be featured this fall on David Holt’s PBS series “State of Music" which will air nationwide. You’ve seen them at not only Grey Fox, but at the some of the biggest festivals in the nation: IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Streetfest, MerleFest, Delaware Valley, Ogden, Bluegrass Island, Carolina in the Fall, Silver Dollar City, FloydFest, Shakori, and hundreds of other venues/festivals over the past five years including internationally on a 9-day tour of Argentina, where the band represented the United States in a United Nations world music festival.
In addition to peers in the bluegrass industry voting Cane Mill Road as one of five nominees for IBMA’s Momentum Band-of-the-Year for 2018 — an award to honor rising music stars under 30 years of age, Cane Mill Road’s banjo player, Tray Wellington, was nominated for IBMA’s Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year also.
The four young men roam the Blue Ridge Mountain backroads driving between Deep Gap, NC and Rocky Gap, VA to meet and make music — thus the title track of the band’s 2018 album Gap to Gap. The title signifies more than just the long hours on the road touring, but the spaces between the bluegrass foundation of the band’s youth and the new spaces of music they create together. Honoring the past, the band looks to the future with a blended set of traditional and contemporary music.
The band’s third album is a live recording of a sold-out show in front of 120 raucous fans at Saloon Studios. It will be released in late August of 2019. Two-time GRAMMY winner Cathy Fink produced the band’s first album in 2017. The album also has chart success spending three weeks on Billboard.
The band is sponsored by Deering Banjos, GHS Strings, Shubb Capos, Sorensen Mandolin & Guitar Company, Kogut Violins, NS Design, and MiniFlex Microphones.
The band’s charismatic leader, Liam Purcell, is only 17, yet the mandolinist/fiddler has performed internationally in Argentina, co-wrote a songbook with bluegrass legend Pete Wernick, co-produced an album with 2-time GRAMMY winner Cathy Fink, and was one of the youngest musicians selected for The Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar. The multi-instrumentalist attends Wilkes Community College and teaches music in his local after school program. He’s fronted Cane Mill Road for the past five years.
Twenty-year-old banjo player Tray Wellington was an IBMA Momentum Instrumentalist-of-the-Year nominee in 2018. You’ve seen the phenom in a two-page spread in Deering Banjos last catalog and the endorsed artist is again featured in the 2019 catalog this time moving up to the Saratoga Star model. Mentored by Bela Fleck, Tray is a double major in East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass program majoring in bluegrass and business.
Virginia’s Casey Lewis is 21 years old plays guitar and sings lead vocal. Lewis not only teaches in two Junior Appalachian Musician programs, but he also serves on the board of directors for the non-profit. He teaches in the public school system and private lessons. Casey is a graduate of Wytheville Community College.
Utah’s Hudson Bosworth is 20 years old. The bass player is endorsed by NS Design and is a student in ETSU’s bluegrass program. Hudson also sings lead and harmony in the band. He is active in his church playing sacred music on organ and piano. Hudson also plays many other instruments including guitar, which is his main instrument at ETSU. He is a past Utah State Champion in mandolin and guitar.
The band won accolades for its on stage performances and recordings...
"The future of bluegrass..." No Depression
"Their skill is clearly unquestionable" Bluegrass Today
"Deeply rooted in traditional bluegrass, their songs boldly and progressively interpret classic songs" The Bluegrass Standard
"Making their mark on bluegrass and fueling the future" Bluegrass Unlimited
“Cane Mill Road, based less than six miles from Deep Gap, North Carolina, the home of Doc Watson, draws its inspiration from the late singer/guitarist whose musical imagination gathered inspiration from the deepest Appalachian roots while courageously finding connections to almost all elements of American music...the band has quickly ignited a spark that has led to a recording contract with Patuxent Music and early recognition from the International Bluegrass Music Association” No Depression
A 3-page article in the April edition of Bluegrass Unlimited highlights the band's rise from its bluegrass mountain roots in the home of Doc Watson to today.
The band's musical and professional development goes beyond bookings, press, and album success. The band has collaborated with other artists playing in support of Special Consensus, Molly Tuttle and Dan Tyminski. Last summer the band was honored to have Billy Strings sit in on two sets at Grey Fox and Billy asked CMR fiddle player Liam Purcell to sit in on his Saturday night set. This year Billy again sat in with Cane Mill Road on the main stage at Grey Fox.
Jim Lauderdale asked the band to be on his next album and the band traveled to Asheville, NC to record the song, a song he wrote with the band in mind. Jim’s album will be out next year.
The band believes in the mountain tradition of teaching music to others. The band prides itself on teaching music to the next generation and all four members actively teach camps, lessons, and workshops not only to kids, but to adults.
One of the band’s favorite events of the year is its annual "kids open mic" CMR hosts at IBMA along with the High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association to give kids who are not performing at IBMA a chance to play. Teaching and leading camps, Liam Purcell, who is the youngest Wernick Method certified teacher ever [then at age 15 (he is 17 now)] not only teaches, but cowrote a songbook this year with Pete Wernick, again finding ways to keep the music alive by teaching it to others. You'll not only find our band performing at festivals, but leading slow jams for new players and teaching workshops. Tray is teaching at Bela Fleck’s banjo camp this year and Liam will teach three Wernick camps. Casey serves on the board of directors for the Junior Appalachian Musicians program as well as teaching in two of the programs. Liam also teaches in the JAM program.
The band also recorded a bluegrass show in conjunction with MerleFest and the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that will be distributed to all North Carolina Public Schools as part of a music enrichment program.
Cane Mill Road's fan base continues to grow with more sold-out shows and growing listenership online from livestreams on IBMA's page or the band's own Facebook page to YouTube. Part of the band's success stems from its marketing and promotion, which extends beyond a web and social media presence to posters and street team efforts to promote shows to professional photography to a strong commitment to doing radio/tv interviews to doing videos.
The band continues to write it's own music contributing new songs and tunes to the bluegrass genre, as well as reinterpreting bluegrass classics, and bringing new interpretations of songs outside the genre into the genre, turning rock classics from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot, and Bob Dylan into bluegrass songs. While interpreting those rock songs as bluegrass songs is only a part of what the band does, it's an important part that brings folks outside our audience into our audience making them bluegrass fans. Cane Mill Road hooks the new listener with a bluegrass cover of "Wild Horses" then hooks them with bluegrass traditional, then keeps them with a new bluegrass song written by the band.
Honoring the past, we look to the future, and we believe the future is bright for bluegrass.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge with this project is getting DJs to play the same tune/song during the same weeks to help the songs/tunes on the album chart. Our past two albums got plenty of airplay, but never enough of the same songs to chart outside of the album as a whole on Billboard. We have a plan in place to release at least one, perhaps two, singles prior to the album release.
We hope you will consider supporting us in this endeavor! Thank you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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