Daisycutter is a simmering culmination of New York's musical melting pot in action. Based in Beacon, NY, this "downtown/upstate" band combines a wide-screen city view with a bracing dose of rural realism, creating a searing mix of indie roots-rock with an alt-country barbed wire edge. Fronted by singer/fiddler Sara Milonovich, and featuring inventive multi-instrumentalist Boo Reiners on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and lap steel, Greg Anderson on guitar, Daria Grace on bass, and Steve Holloway on drums, Daisycutter blazes a unique musical trail with their "mix of bluegrass and a twinge of political-punk attitude and lyrics." (Jeff Sweatman, The Corner) 

Frontwoman/singer/songwriter/fiddler Sara Milonovich cut her teeth as a highly sought-after side person in the bluegrass, folk, rock, americana, and celtic music worlds, and has performed and recorded throughout North and South America, Europe and beyond. She was among the last generations to learn traditional music as it was passed down firsthand, from the grange halls and lumber camps of the North Country to the pubs of NYC. Growing up on a working farm in rural upstate New York, she began playing when she was four, and by nine was leading her own band (around the same time she learned to drive a tractor.) After a collection of awards for fiddling, singing, and composing, she left school at sixteen to hit the road with bluegrass band The McKrells. A diverse trajectory led her from there through a busy career as an accompanist and collaborator with such artists as Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger (including on his Grammy-winning At 89 album), Eliza Gilkyson, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, and NY stringband Mountain Quickstep, among others. In 2011, Sara toured Kosovo, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Turkey as part of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, a cultural diplomatic program administered by Jazz At Lincoln Center and the US State Department. In 2016 she founded Rootstock (www.rootstockfest.org), a nonprofit music festival dedicated to supporting the next generation of farmers in the Northeast. In partnership with American Farmland Trust and the National Young Farmers Coalition, the inaugural Rootstock concert raised over $1000 for farmland preservation and young farmers’ advocacy efforts.

 

Photo by Fionn Reilly

Photo by Fionn Reilly