Dark Shadow Recording delivers a singing bluegrass Valentine with today’s release of Crêpe Paper Heart, the label’s second solo album from 2016 IBMA Fiddler and Female Vocalist Of The Year, Becky Buller.
This collection features new songs from the pen of Buller (2015 IBMA Songwriter Of The Year) and her co-writers, performed by past and present members of her ridiculously talented road band, along with an award-winning line-up of guests, including Grammy and IBMA award winners Rhonda Vincent, Sam Bush, The Fairfield Four, Rob Ickes and more.
“It wasn’t supposed to take this long,” said Buller, alluding to the four years lapsed since her DSR debut recording, ‘Tween Earth And Sky.
“But so much good life got in our way!” she continued. “And I’m glad we took our time rather than rushing just to get something out. This album completely changed in character from what we originally planned it to be: we leaned more heavily on my road band; we were able to connect with The Fairfield Four and our other wishlist of special guests…. I’m so proud of it. I sincerely hope you enjoy the new tunes.”
“Becky Buller is a force of nature and her road band is built of serious musicians, all chomping at her heels,” said producer and DSR label head Stephen Mougin.
“On this project, we really wanted to showcase the sound that the audience gets to hear, while maintaining a platform for Becky to collaborate with heroes and friends. In digging through Becky’s phenomenal songwriting catalog, we paired down a substantial list into a collection that represents the flavor of her touring group and highlights her powerful fiddle and vocal prowess. Becky always strives for perfection and class, driving those around her to do the same. The new album shows that in spades! Dark Shadow Recording is proud of Becky and her accomplishments and proud to be a part of Crêpe Paper Heart.”
Crêpe Paper Heart mainly features past and present members of the Becky Buller Band (or B^3, as they affectionally shorten it for social media): Ned Luberecki (banjo); Prof. Dan Boner (mandolin/guitar/vocals); Brandon Bostic (guitar); Daniel “Hulk” Hardin (bass/vocals); and Nate Lee (fiddle).
The album is made up almost entirely of what has been dubbed “Powerful, Original Bluegrass Music,” a mix of secular and sacred songs written by Buller along with co-writers Lynda Dawson (“John D. Champion”); Eric Church band member Jeff Hyde (“Speakin’ To That Mountain”); Sarah Majors (“Heart Of The House”); Tony Rackley (“The Rebel And The Rose”); Blue Highway’s Tim Stafford (“Calamity Jane”); and Bobby Starnes (“Maybe”).
The Becky Buller Band (with guest vocalists Stephen and Jana Mougin) recorded “Phoenix Arise” and originally released it as a digital download for a donation of any amount at the MadeliaStrong.comwebsite to help the people of Madelia, Minn., who were affected by a devastating fire in their downtown district the night of Feb. 3, 2016. The businesses are now rebuilt and reopen. Thank you to all who donated and downloaded!
Buller has received six IBMA awards thus far in her career, five of those in the past three years, including the history-making combo win of 2016 Fiddler and Female Vocalist; she is the first person ever to win in both instrumental and vocal categories. She is the first woman to ever receive the IBMA’s coveted Fiddler Of The Year award.
She also had some Grammy award excitement this past month when The Infamous Stringdusters won a 2018 Best Bluegrass Album trophy for their Laws Of Gravity release. Buller co-wrote the opening track, “Freedom”, with Duster fiddler Jeremy Garrett. Buller also participated in Special Consensus’ 2012 Best Bluegrass Grammy nominated record Scratch Gravel Road as sole writer of the title track.
For more about Becky and The Becky Buller Band, including their tour schedule, bio information and downloadable high-res print quality photos, visit them online at: BeckyBuller.com.
Hear All About The New Tunes of Crêpe Paper Heart
Becky sat down at Dark Shadow Recording world headquarters to talk about the new songs on Crêpe Paper Heart. Click on the photo below to watch the entire video series.