The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex, New York presents one of the hottest young bluegrass bands on the music scene, Mile Twelve, on Sunday, February 9 at 7:00pm.
International Bluegrass Music Association nominees for Emerging Artists and Instrumental Performance of the Year in 2018 and winner of the IBMA Momentum award in 2017, Mile Twelve, is finding enthusiastic audiences across the globe. Acclaimed for their outstanding musicality, this five-piece band from Boston has put together a sound that honors traditions while giving them new heart and soul through the group’s songwriting and intricate instrumentals.
The band’s influences are clear on stage and in Mile Twelve’s new release, City on a Hill: Alison Krauss & Union Station, the Del McCoury Band, and the Punch Brothers, among others. You can hear Gillian Welch and Jason Isbell in the fully realized stories that come through in the confines of the band’s original songs like “Jericho,” about a struggling returning veteran, or the story of Jewish refugees in the 1940s in “Liberty.” As banjo legend Tony Trischka puts it, Mile Twelve brings “natural abilities enhanced by a serious study of bluegrass tradition and a fearless desire to create fresh pathways.”
Mile Twelve’s line-up includes some of the best young musicians in bluegrass: David Benedict (mandolin), Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo), Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Evan Murphy (guitar, lead vocals), and Nate Sabat (bass, lead vocals).
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, with a special $5 price for those under 18. Tickets are available at www.thegrangehall.info. The show is generously sponsored by TrailNorth Federal Credit Union. The Grange is located at 1610 NYS Route 22 (corner of Whallons Bay Road) in Essex, New York, five miles from the Essex ferry dock.