Becky Buller: From Minnesota to Tennessee

Logo from Becky Buller's websiteBecky Buller kicks off the 2014-2015 season of The Music Room. She is a delightful person to spend some time with and an exceptional fiddler, vocalist, and song-writer, too. She was appointed to the board of the International Bluegrass Music Association in January 2014.

Here’s an adaptation of a brief bio found at her website:

Becky Buller is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer from St. James, Minn., who has traipsed the world over performing bluegrass/Americana/roots music to fund her insatiable habit of songwriting. Her compositions can be heard on records by the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. In addition, she wrote the title cut of Special Consensus’ album Scratch Gravel Road, a 2013 Bluegrass Album Of The Year Grammy nominee.

Becky was featured on the Spring 2012 cover of Fiddler magazine, is winner of the 2006 IBMA Album of the Year award for her work with the Daughters of Bluegrass, and was the 2001 winner of MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting contest. After graduating from East Tennessee State University in 2001, Becky spent ten years on the road with Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike and two years with Darin & Brooke Aldridge. She performs with the Daughters of Bluegrass when scheduling allows.

She has just released her third solo album, ‘Tween Earth And Sky. Her other solo albums are Little Bird (Bell Buckle Records, 2004) and Rest My Weary Feet (SRS 2000). Becky can also be heard on Pickin’ Like A Girl (Blue Circle, 2013), the latest album by the Daughters of Bluegrass as well as Flying (Organic, 2013) from Darin & Brooke Aldridge. In her spare time, Becky co-hosts Thunder Radio’s Bluegrass Crossroads Show on WMSR in Manchester, Tenn., and teaches instrumental music.

In this interview, Becky talked with us about her background, her song-writing, her new album, her collaboration with Valerie Smith, and lots of other topics!

The Interview

Becky Buller (Recorded 6/23/14; original broadcast date: 10/07/14; host: Mandorichard). 22:16, 21.4 MB. Due to copyright restrictions, the podcast version contains only excerpts of the music heard in the radio broadcast.

The Music

The following music is heard in this episode of The Music Room:

  • Artist / Song / Album (or note) / Label (or source) / Date / Notes
  • Valerie Smith and Becky Buller / Four Wet Pigs, The Ham Chorus / Here’s a Little Song / Bell Buckle / 2008 / EXCERPT IN PODCAST
  • Becky Buller / Nothin’ to You / ‘Tween Earth and Sky / Dark Shadow / 2014 / EXCERPT IN PODCAST
  • Special Consensus / Scratch Gravel Road / Scratch Gravel Road / Alliance / 2012 / EXCERPT IN PODCAST
  • Becky Buller / Southern Flavor / ‘Tween Earth and Sky / Dark Shadow / 2014 / EXCERPT IN PODCAST