Billboard charting band Cane Mill Road rocks the bluegrass they grew up on, yet boldly tackles the Beatles, Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, and more. Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, the band honors the past, but looks to the future blending music that walks the lines between Bluegrass, Old-time, Americana, and Folk.
The band’s debut album hit #9 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album chart. The band is working now on its second album which will include a mix of mostly original songs/tunes and a few classic covers.
IBMA selected Cane Mill Road from hundreds of applicants as one of 30 bands to showcase during its 2017 conference/festival as the future of bluegrass.
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.
The band represented the United States of America in May of 2015 at the International Music Festival, Concierto En Iguazu where they were a featured band and the first in the festival’s 6-year history to play bluegrass. They joined 500 kids from around the world for 8 days of performances in Argentina.
The band has played National Public Radio’s Woodsongs Old-time Radio Hour and major festivals including MerleFest, IBMA, in Nashville at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America, Doc Watson MusicFest at Sugar Grove, Carolina in the Fall, and HoustonFest. The band regularly plays regional venues from Northwest North Carolina to Southwest Virginia to Eastern Tennessee to cities like Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh.
Band members include blue ribbon winners at major festivals including one of the oldest and biggest, The Galax Old Timers Fiddlers Convention. Band members have performed at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) convention and MerleFest. Band members have played on stage with bluegrass legends from J.D. Crowe to Pete Wernick to the Krüger Brothers to Rhonda Vincent. Band members range in age from 15 to 20 years and include: 15-year-old Liam Purcell on vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo; 20-year-old Eliot Smith on guitar and bass; 18-year-old Trajan Wellington on bluegrass banjo and guitar; and 20-year-old Casey Lewis on guitar and vocals.
Honoring the past, the band looks to the future with a blended set of traditional and progressive music that walks the lines between Bluegrass, Americana, and Folk leaving audiences glad they stopped on Cane Mill Road!