blue•grass•roots from Deep Gap, NC
Rapidly rising on the bluegrass scene, Billboard-charting artists Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road perform internationally and stateside winning both industry awards and the hearts of fans who turn out to see them at some of the most iconic venues: MerleFest, FloydFest, Grey Fox, Wide Open Bluegrass, The Station Inn, Silver Dollar City, just to name a few of the hundreds of venues played over the past six years.
You’ve seen Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road on national TV on PBS three times, including this season featured on David Holt’s State of Music Show. The band’s first three albums resulted in 10 weeks on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart including a #2 spot right behind Billy Strings. The band recorded with Jim Lauderdale and will be featured on his next album.
Not only did they win the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2019 Momentum Award for band-of-the-year, but the band and it’s players racked up 2 awards and 5 nominations from IBMA over the past two years, and a prestigious IBMA Ramble Band slot in 2017, as well as a Grey Fox Emerging Artist artist selection in 2018. The band returned to Grey Fox in 2019 to play the main stage twice.
Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Liam Purcell leads Cane Mill Road as they rock the traditional bluegrass standards they were raised on, yet boldly write original music with roots in the fertile grounds of bluegrass, old-time, and Americana.
Liam Purcell is only 18, yet the multi-instrumentalist has performed internationally, garnered two nominations for IBMA Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year, and was one of the youngest musicians selected for The Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar.
You’ve seen them at not only Grey Fox, but at the some of the biggest festivals in the nation: IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Streetfest, MerleFest, Delaware Valley, Ogden Music Festival, Bluegrass Island, Carolina in the Fall, Silver Dollar City, FloydFest, Shakori, and hundreds of other venues/festivals over the past six years including internationally on a 9-day tour of Argentina, where the band represented the United States in a United Nations world music festival.
The band’s third album is a live recording of a sold-out show in front of 120 raucous fans at Saloon Studios. Two-time GRAMMY winner Cathy Fink produced the band’s first album in 2017. The band signed by the Patuxent Music label for it’s second album and Trailhead Records for the third.
The band is sponsored by Deering Banjos, GHS Strings, Shubb Capos, Sorensen Mandolin & Guitar Company, Kogut Violins, NS Design, and MiniFlex Microphones.
The band won accolades for its on stage performances and recordings...
"The future of bluegrass..." No Depression
"Their skill is clearly unquestionable" Bluegrass Today
"Deeply rooted in traditional bluegrass, their songs boldly and progressively interpret classic songs" The Bluegrass Standard
"Making their mark on bluegrass and fueling the future" Bluegrass Unlimited
“Cane Mill Road, based less than six miles from Deep Gap, North Carolina, the home of Doc Watson, draws its inspiration from the late singer/guitarist whose musical imagination gathered inspiration from the deepest Appalachian roots while courageously finding connections to almost all elements of American music...the band has quickly ignited a spark that has led to a recording contract with Patuxent Music and early recognition from the International Bluegrass Music Association” No Depression
A 3-page article in the April edition of Bluegrass Unlimited highlights the band's rise from its bluegrass mountain roots in the home of Doc Watson to today.
Teaching and leading camps, Liam Purcell, who is the youngest Wernick Method certified teacher ever not only teaches, but cowrote a songbook this year with Pete Wernick, again finding ways to keep the music alive by teaching it to others. You'll not only find the band performing at festivals, but leading slow jams for new players and teaching workshops. Liam also teaches in the JAM program.
The band also recorded a bluegrass show in conjunction with MerleFest and the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that will be distributed to all North Carolina Public Schools as part of a music enrichment program.
Honoring the past, we look to the future, and we believe the future is bright for bluegrass.
Proud to Play: Deering Banjos, GHS Strings, Sorensen Mandolins, Kogut Violins, Shubb Capos, NS Design Instruments