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Valley native’s band earns Grammy nomination

Spokane Valley’s musical Ludiker family has reason to celebrate this week. Kimber Ludiker is a Grammy nominee.

Ludiker is a founder of the Boston-based bluegrass quintet Della Mae, which last week learned its second album, “This World Oft Can Be,” had been nominated for best bluegrass album.

Della Mae, which performed this past summer at Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival in Medical Lake, will be competing against The Boxcars (“It’s Just a Road”), Dailey & Vincent (“Brothers of the Highway”), James King (“Three Chords and the Truth”) and the legendary Del McCoury Band (“The Streets of Baltimore”). “This World Oft Can Be,” released in May, is Della Mae’s first album for Rounder Records, a powerhouse label for bluegrass, Americana and folk artists. The band’s first record, “I Built This Heart,” was self-released.

The other members of Della Mae are singer Celia Woodsmith, guitarist Courtney Hartman, bassist Shelby Means and mandolin player Jenni Lyn Gardner.

Ludiker, herself a two-time national fiddle champion, is the daughter of Tony Ludiker, a five-time national fiddle champion who now is based in Colorado Springs, Colo., and JayDean Ludiker, an accomplished fiddler and teacher who runs the Ludiker Music school in the Valley. She graduated from East Valley High School in 2003. She and her brother Dennis were raised “bilingual” – as their mother once put it in a Spokesman-Review article – they speak English and fiddle.

Adding to the excitement for Della Mae? The band made its debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Wednesday night. And coming up next year is a European tour that will take them to Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Meanwhile, the 56th annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles.

Carolyn Lamberson



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