Mariah, Mama Said String Band’s first EP featuring new member Taylor Shuck, displays a marriage of Kentucky roots, virtuosic instrumental capabilities, and relatable songwriting. The ensemble, formed in Louisville in 2016, found themselves “rediscovering ourselves after a lineup change, the losses of 2020, and a will to take things to the next level while still recognizing the people who hold us together. This album is dedicated to our friend Mariah, who helped us keep going, and gave us the support to really define ourselves within the acoustic world. This EP points to the directions we plan to go with our diversity in songwriting, lyrics, and musicianship.”
Recorded at Nitrosonic Studios in Lexington, Kentucky, Mariah brims with hints of their varied influences including Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Strings, The Infamous Stringdusters, and the Punch Brothers. Bluegrass, Americana, folk, and even indie music flow through their sound.
Mama Said String Band has performed from Kentucky to Hawaii, California to Texas, returning to events including Floydfest, Terrapin, and Master Musicians Festival. The sounds on Mariah demonstrates the originality and enchanting personality of the band. Shuck joins David O’Neal, Katie “Didit” Caudill, and Kaitlen Farmer to give the quartet four songwriters and musicians who find inspiration in their diverse backgrounds to make something new. And they called the debut something new Mariah.