Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Billboard-charting artists Cane Mill Road rock the traditional bluegrass standards they grew up on, yet boldly tackle writing original music that often walks the lines between Bluegrass, Americana, Old-time, and Folk.
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.
Peers in the bluegrass industry voted Cane Mill Road as one of five nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Association’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. IBMA selected Cane Mill Road as a Ramble showcase band in 2017, making the band one of 30 bands in bluegrass to be chosen for the honor.
The band’s two albums spent a 7 weeks on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums charts. The band signed with the Patuxent Music label in Rockville, MD producing an album of 11 originals and three classic covers.
The four young men roam the Blue Ridge Mountain backroads driving between Deep Gap, NC and Rocky Gap, VA to meet and make music together — thus the title track of the band’s sophomore 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 is sponsored by Deering Banjos, GHS Strings, Shubb Capos, Sorensen Mandolin & Guitar Company, Kogut Violins, and MiniFlex Microphones.
Band members range in age from 16 to 21 years and include: 16-year-old Liam Purcell on vocals, fiddle, mandolin; 21-year-old Eliot Smith bass; 19-year-old Trayn Wellington on banjo; and 21-year-old Casey Lewis on guitar and vocals.