Bright Series: Mile Twelve
Contemporary bluegrass band Mile Twelve treads the line between the old and the new. Their captivating songs featuring complex, daring instrumental arrangements, stemming from a variety of musical influences. Lighting up the bluegrass festival circuit - including Grey Fox, Freshgrass, and Joe Val Festival - they’ve garnered recognition from many notable bluegrass musicians, including renowned banjo player Tony Trischka, who noted that “Mile Twelve's instrumental skills reflect natural abilities enhanced by serious study of bluegrass tradition and a fearless desire to create fresh pathways.” Mile Twelve features guitarist Evan Murphy, who studied guitar with the director of the New York City Guitar Orchestra; New Zealand native and Auckland Folk Festival-winner Catherine (BB) Bowness on banjo; Nate Sabat, a Berklee graduate and trained choral singer on upright bass; fiddle-player Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, who has won several bluegrass fiddling contests and currently teaches at Berklee; and mandolinist David Benedict, a former student of Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner alum of Nashville band Missy Raines & the New Hip. All five sing and write songs, creating a richly textured blend of different songwriting instincts, and gorgeous, varied harmonies.