The Pocahontas County Opera House welcomes a new addition to its performance calendar with bluegrass fiddler and sing-songwriter Becky Buller on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
If you’re a fan of acoustic music, particularly bluegrass, and you haven’t heard of fiddler Becky Buller, there’s a good chance you’ve heard some of her songs. Becky’s compositions have been recorded by Ricky Skaggs (“Music To My Ears”), Rhonda Vincent (“Fishers of Men”), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (“Be Living”), Josh Williams (“You Love Me Today”), and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (“My Angeline” and “Rest My Weary Feet.”)
Buller grew up in a very musical southern Minnesota family. The Bullers had a band called Prairie Grass with Gordy and Roxy Shultz for many years. Buller studied classical violin with both Patti Tryhus and Charles Gray and was in the Mankato Area Youth Symphony and even the Minnesota All-State Orchestra throughout high school. But her heart was always that of a fiddler.
She graduated in 2001 with a public relations degree from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) where she took part in their Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music program. That same year, Becky won first place in the bluegrass category of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in Wilksboro, North Carolina.
That same year, Buller hit the road to fiddle for Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike. She spent the next ten years touring internationally, writing for, and recording with the group, producing several of Smith’s most recent records. In 2011, Buller decided to pursue a performing career of her own.
Buller was featured on the cover of the the Spring 2012 issue of Fiddler Magazine and penned the title cut of Special Consensus’ album Scratch Gravel Road, which was nominated for the 2012 Best Bluegrass Album Grammy.
In 2013, Buller teamed up with Darin & Brooke Aldridge and their fine band. She can be heard on their current album Flying (2013) on the Organic Records label.
Since 2005, she has also been a member of the award-winning Daughters of Bluegrass, joining them in performance when scheduling allows.
Buller has two solo records to her credit: Little Bird (2004) and Rest My Weary Feet (2000). She also released a duet album with Valerie Smith: Here’s A Little Song (2007). Buller is featured on several of Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike’s recordings as well as three albums from the award-winning Daughters of Bluegrass: Pickin’ Like A Girl (2012), Back To The Well (2006) and Bluegrass Bouquet (2008).
Becky’s newest solo album, ‘Tween Earth And Sky, was released summer 2014 on the Dark Shadow Recording label.