A four-piece collection of songwriters, David O’Neal, Taylor Shuck, Katie “Didit” Caudill, and Kaitlen Farmer, is Mama Said String Band. Based out of Louisville, KY, and established in 2016, Mama Said String Band brings a refreshing reinvention to sounds once forgotten. Individually, each member’s background spans multiple genres and styles. Together, they draw influences from Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana while focusing on vocal harmonies and contemporary high octane instrumentation.
During their time together, Mama Said String Band has performed at various notable festivals and events including FloydFest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Louisville’s Waterfront Wednesday, ROMP, John Hartford Memorial Festival, and Master Musicians Festival. The quartet has won a smattering of regional accolades; being nominated as finalists in the category of Bluegrass Artist of the Year for the Louisville Music Awards, winning “Album of the Year” for their most recently published album “Carry the Water” at the Lexington Music Awards, and winning Best Bluegrass Band in the Appalachian Arts & Entertainment Awards to name a few.
Since their conception in 2017 Mama Said String Band has been documenting their musical journey in a delightful and engaging fan-favorite series of videos on their own YouTube Channel commonly known to their fanbase as “The Bathroom Sessions”. These amazing recordings properly capture the essence of both their unique personalities and musical authenticity in an acoustically pure and perfect setting that continues to delight audiences from all over. The ensemble has shared bills with artists like Larry & Jenny Keel, Lost Dog Street Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Jeff Austin Band amongst others. The four-piece looks forward to the future and the albums, memories, and songs it brings.