It is a commitment to avoid what is easy and predictable that fuels Mile Twelve’s continued march forward. The winners of IBMA’s 2017 Momentum award are now nominated for 2018 Emerging Artist of the year, and they show no signs of slowing. Their debut full-length album Onwards, produced by Stephen Mougin, was met with critical acclaim and earned the band time at the top of the bluegrass charts as well as an IBMA nomination for 2018 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. John Lawless of Bluegrass Today says, “The Boston-based group has been making noise in bluegrass with their virtuosic approach to the music, clever songwriting and arrangements, a nose-to-the-grindstone attitude, and a youthful energy that appeals to all age groups. All of that shows on their new release, Onwards.”
They’ll be heading into the studio at the end of 2018 to record their sophomore project with Nashville-based Ben Surratt at the board and guitar virtuoso Bryan Sutton producing. Paul Schiminger, President of The IBMA says, “What I and so many others love about Mile Twelve is their musicianship, material, and energy. Their sound is fresh and innovative, yet rooted in a solid foundation of bluegrass. They move easily among traditional bluegrass classics, terrific original material, and interpretations of pop music classics, while knocking you over with their strong instrumentals and harmonies.” Tim O’Brien calls them “a group to watch in the coming decade.”
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Meet the Band
Evan Murphy has been a creative force on guitar and voice in New England since he picked up the guitar at age 18 and began accompanying himself on traditional bluegrass songs. Raised in Milton, Massachusetts, Evan received a bachelors degree in Theater and Music at Boston College in 2012. During his four years there he played in a folk band and began songwriting. A year later he moved to New York City, where he formed a bluegrass quintet called Tenafly Rye that performed throughout the city. While he was in New York he studied bluegrass guitar and voice with Michael Daves and classical guitar with Jason Sagebiel, director of the New York City Guitar Orchestra. Now a resident of Boston again, Evan is sinking his teeth into its vibrant acoustic music scene and has been busy teaching, recording and performing throughout New England.
Native New Zealander, Catherine (BB) Bowness started playing the banjo at the age of 12 after hearing a friend play the beverly hillbillies theme song. A few years later, BB received the Frank Winter memorial award at the Auckland Folk Festival allowing her to travel to the USA, where she studied with banjo players Tony Trischka, Alan Munde and Noam Pikelny. In 2009, she became the first banjo player accepted to the New Zealand School of Music, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Perfomance. BB was selected to attend the 2013 Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar, studying with world-class artists such as Julian Lage, Mike Marshall and Darol Anger. She won first place at the 2015 Freshgrass Banjo Contest and currently keeps busy recording, teaching and performing throughout New England.
A graduate of the voice program at New York City’s renowned LaGuardia High School, Nate Sabat’s musical roots are in choral singing. He started playing bass just before he began at LaGuardia, and, years later, was accepted to the Berklee College of Music as an upright bass principal. There, he has made it a goal to delve into the thriving Boston acoustic music scene, inside and outside of Berklee. To date, he has performed, worked and studied with artists such as The New York Pops, Kronos Quartet, Eugene Friesen and Bruce Molsky. This winter, he was chosen to be one of sixteen young acoustic musicians to attend the Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar in April, and work with artists such as Bela Fleck, Mike Marshall, and Chris Eldridge. Since graduating Berklee, he plans to stay in Boston to continue to perform, record, and compose.
Bronwyn Keith‐Hynes is a Boston-based musician originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. Accepted on scholarship to Berklee College of Music at age 16, she graduated in 2013 with a Professional Diploma in Violin Performance and is fast gaining recognition for her fiddling across bluegrass and acoustic music circles. Bronwyn has performed with Peter Rowan, The Milk Carton Kids, Anais Mitchell and Tony Trischka, among others. In 2014 Bronwyn won first place in the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS and in 2015 won first place in the Freshgrass Fiddle Contest. Bronwyn has been on staff for the last two summers at Berklee College of Music teaching string lessons at the Five Week Program. She also teaches throughout the year in Boston and world-wide via Skype.
Originally from Clemson, South Carolina, mandolinist David Benedict is a performer, composer, and instructor seeking to blend tradition and innovation through his music. In 2013, he graduated with a unique degree in mandolin music performance from Bryan College in Tennessee, where he studied with Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner. Since then, David has played at venues, festivals and events across the southeast including Savannah Music Festival, the Greenville, South Carolina, TEDx Conference-sharing the stage with such musicians as Casey Driessen, Julian Lage, Mike Marshall, Tim O'Brien, Tommy Emmanuel, and others. After performing for two years as a member of the Nashville band Missy Raines & The New Hip, David is now based in Boston, MA playing full time with Mile Twelve and teaching mandolin lessons at home and abroad.