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Bluegrass Is In Becky Buller’s DNA

Becky Buller playing the fiddle
Michael Weintrob
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Becky Buller has come a long way from performing in her family's band--she took home two awards at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards last night

 Bluegrass has been a part of Becky Buller’s life since she was five years old. She grew up as the fiddler in her family band in Minnesota, received classical violin lessons and learned about bluegrass fiddling from other musicians at various music festivals. 

Today she heads up the Becky Buller Band, and she earned eight nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Association awards. She won two awards last night, for a gospel recorded performance of the year and for recorded event of the year.

Becky Buller joins host Frank Stasio from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh for conversation and live performance. She shares music from her new album Crêpe Paper Heart. Buller performs at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on Friday, Sept. 28 with the First Ladies of Bluegrass with special guests Rhiannon Giddens and Gillian Welch. She performs in studio with two other members of the Becky Buller band: Ned Luberecki on banjo, guitar, and vocals, and Nate Lee on mandolin and vocals.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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