Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association

WINTER BLUEGRASS WEEKEND HEADLINE CONCERTS

 

 

A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance
Fri-Sun, March 6-8, 2015, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN

The highlight of the Winter Bluegrass Weekend is the Saturday Night Headline Concert. And this year will be extra special with the homecoming debut of The Becky Buller Band. There will be two headline concert showings, one at 7:00 PM (with special guest TBA) and one at 9:30 pm (with special guest TBA). Tickets for the headline concerts can be purchased separate from the daily and weekend festival tickets ($23 adult, $20 member, $10 teens & kids), or as part of the Bluegrass Lovers Package (includes weekend festival admission and one headline concert ticket) or the Bluegrass Extremists Package (includes weekend festival admission plus a ticket to both headline concerts). Advance tickets are recommended as both shows often sell out. Advance tickets can be purchased on our ticket page or by calling 800-635-3037 with Visa/MC/Discover.

 

If you're a fan of acoustic music, particularly bluegrass, and you haven't heard of fiddler Becky Buller, there's a good chance you've heard some of her songs. Becky's compositions have been recorded by Ricky Skaggs (“Music To My Ears”), Rhonda Vincent ("Fishers of Men"), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver ("Be Living"), Josh Williams ("You Love Me Today"), and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out ("My Angeline" and "Rest My
Weary Feet."). 

Becky grew up in a very musical southern Minnesota family. The Bullers had a band called Prairie Grass with Gordy and Roxy Shultz for many years. Becky studied classical violin with both Patti Tryhus and Charles Gray and was in the Mankato Area Youth Symphony and even the Minnesota All-State Orchestra throughout high school. But her heart was always that of a fiddler.

Becky graduated in 2001 with a public relations degree from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) where she took part in their Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music program. That same year, Becky won first place in the bluegrass category of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in
Wilksboro, NC.


Also in 2001, Becky hit the road to fiddle for Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike. Becky spent ten years touring internationally, writing for, and recording with the group, producing several of Val's most recent records. In 2011, she decided to pursue a performing career of her own.

Becky was featured on the cover of the the Spring 2012 issue of Fiddler Magazine and penned the title cut of Special Consensus' album Scratch Gravel Road, which was nominated for the 2012 Best Bluegrass Album Grammy. During 2013 and 2014, Becky teamed up with Darin & Brooke Aldridge and their fine band. She can be heard on their album Flying (2013) on the Organic Records label as well as on their upcoming release for the Mountain Home label. She also appearred with Darin & Brooke Aldridge at the 2013 Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival (which was nominated as Event Of The Year by the IBMA).

Since 2005, Becky has also been a member of the award-winning Daughters of Bluegrass, joining them in performance when scheduling allows. Becky has two solo records to her credit: Little Bird (2004) and Rest My Weary Feet (2000). She also released a duet album with Valerie Smith: Here's A Little Song (2007). Becky is featured on several of Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike’s recordings as well as three albums from the award-winning Daughters of Bluegrass: Pickin’ Like A Girl (2012), Back To The Well (2006) and Bluegrass Bouquet (2008).

Becky is currently putting the finishing touches on a new solo album, 'Tween Earth And Sky, to be released in the fall of 2014 on the Dark Shadow Recording label. Becky is a 2014 nominee for IBMA’s Songwriter of the Year award. She was featured on the cover of the Spring 2012 issue of Fiddler Magazine and included in their Fiddlers’ 20 book/cd set. Becky uses a Fishman Aura Ellipse pickup in her LaPlant Guitar and a Fishman Classic Series banjo pickup in her DP Hopkins clawhammer banjo. She also endorses BlueChip Picks and D’Addario Strings.

There will be two headline concert showings, one at 7:00 PM (with special guest TBA) and one at 9:30 pm (with special guest TBA). Tickets for the headline concerts can be purchased separate from the daily and weekend festival tickets ($23 adult, $20 member, $10 teens & kids), or as part of the Bluegrass Lovers Package (includes weekend festival admission and one headline concert ticket) or the Bluegrass Extremists Package (includes weekend festival admission plus a ticket to both headline concerts). Advance tickets are recommended as both shows often sell out. Advance tickets can be purchased on our ticket page or by calling 800-635-3037 with Visa/MC/Discover.

To make the Winter Bluegrass Weekend a reality we will need to fill 140 volunteer shifts with many volunteers like you - people willing to do their part to make it happen. Would you be able to help us out for just a couple hours? Volunteers get preferential seating at the Saturday Night Headline Concerts. Pick your time and task on our volunteer page and email us your name for the schedule.

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