blue•grass•roots from Deep Gap, NC
Think of a young Steep Canyon Rangers, Infamous Stringdusters, or Nickel Creek, then mix in the on-stage energy of Billy Strings and homespun rapport of Balsam Range — that’s Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road. Audiences love the band’s energetic performances on-stage and easy-going rapport meeting and greeting fans off-stage.
Rapidly rising on the bluegrass scene, these Billboard-charting artists 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, including a set with Billy Strings sitting in, and Liam played with Billy on his dance stage set in 2017.
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, Americana, jazz, and blues.
Liam Purcell is only 17, yet the mandolinist/fiddler has performed internationally, co-wrote a songbook with bluegrass legend Pete Wernick, co-produced an album with 2-time GRAMMY winner Cathy Fink, 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.
The band's musical and professional development goes beyond bookings, press, and album success. The band has collaborated with other artists playing in support of Special Consensus, Molly Tuttle and Dan Tyminski. The band was honored to have Billy Strings sit in on two sets at Grey Fox and Billy asked Liam Purcell to sit in on his Saturday night set. Last year Billy again sat in with Cane Mill Road on the main stage at Grey Fox.
Jim Lauderdale asked the band to be on his next album and the band traveled to Asheville, NC to record the song, a song he wrote with the band in mind.
Teaching and leading camps, Liam Purcell, who is the youngest Wernick Method certified teacher ever [then at age 15 (he is 17 now)] 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 our 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 Bass
Original Music • Classic Standards
Cool Bluegrass Covers of Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Gordon Lightfoot