Becky Buller is a two-time Grammy award-winning songwriter and an eight-time International Bluegrass Association award-winning Bluegrass artist. She made history by being the first artist ever to win in both instrumental and vocal categories, as well as being the first female to ever win Fiddle Player of the Year.
Becky’s songs preceded her own prominence as an artist. The fiery-haired fiddler has had cuts from other artists, such as Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Josh Williams, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Special Consensus. Becky cowrote “Freedom,” the lead-off track of the Infamous Stringdusters’s 2018 Grammy award-winning album, as well as “The Shaker,” featured on The Travelin’ McCoury’s self-titled album that brought home the 2019 Best Bluegrass Album Grammy award. She penned the title cut of Special Consensus’s album Scratch Gravel Road, which was nominated for the 2013 Best Bluegrass Album Grammy. Now, as the leader of her own band, Becky’s audiences are connecting the composer with her compositions… to the tune of seven IBMA awards in the last four years.
In 2018, Becky moonlighted with the all-female supergroup, The First Ladies of Bluegrass, which includes all the first women to win in their respective categories at the IBMA awards. The group took home the 2018 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year award for their work on “Swept Away,” recorded on Missy Raines’s solo album, Royal Traveller. The group has also been recognized recently at the Country Music Hall of Fame with their own exhibit.
Becky released her third and fourth solo album on the Dark Shadow Recording label, both of which topped the Bluegrass Today airplay charts. She also released a Christmas single in 2015, “Gingerbread House,” that also topped the Bluegrass Today airplay chart multiple times. Becky’s cover of Bill Monroe’s “Southern Flavor” garnered the 2015 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year award.
Becky was destined to be in music. Growing up in Minnesota, Becky played fiddle with her parents and Gordy and Roxy Shultz in the group Prairie Grass. She studied classical violin with both Patti Tryhus and Charles Gray and participated in the Mankato Area Symphony and the Minnesota All-State Orchestra while in high school. Becky’s heart, however, has always been that of a fiddler. She won the junior division of the 1996 Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championship in Cotton, MN. Becky went on to college to study public relations at East Tennessee State University, where she performed with several different bluegrass ensembles, including the school’s prestigious Bluegrass Pride Band, with whom she performed in throughout France and at the Kennedy Center.
With over twenty years experience as a music educator, becky is very passionate about passing the music on, teaching at several camps and workshops throughout the year, in addition to her busy performance schedule. Becky is also very active in the bluegrass music business community, currently serving on the IBMA Foundation board. She was on the IBMA Board of directors from 2013-2017 and did a three-year term as chair of the IBMA Songwriter Committee from 2013-2016. She is a Leadership Bluegrass alumna, class of 2003.
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