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 Andy Goessling (of Railroad Earth) on mandolin, banjo, and dobro, Greg Anderson on guitar, Leo Traversa on bass, and Ben Wittman 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.
PRESS/REVIEWS OF DAISYCUTTER
“A deft mix of literate folk, plaintive balladry, and plenty of modern-day ass-kicking." - Chronogram Magazine
“A ‘mix of bluegrass and a twinge of political/punk attitude and lyrics...’” - The Corner
“...what Nashville would sound like if it was a just bit smarter…” - Daily Freeman
“There’s more bubbling under the surface than meets the eye... a feel-good, all-inclusive vibe almost guaranteed to bring a smile to one’s face.” - Roll Magazine
“A wonderfully eclectic showcase of well-chosen songs... It has quickly become one of our favorite albums.” - Sunday Street
“A very fine singer, with a powerful support group.” - Music Road
“The sort of artist record execs should be lining up to sign... an amazing debut, 5 stars out of 5.” - Wildy's World
“Simply out of this world.” - Folkscene
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