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The DitchLilies: Bio

Band Description

Wisconsin's acoustic roots duo, The DitchLilies, have been in musical cahoots since 1998. Kari Larson and Lisa Schultz are stringed multi-instrumentalists/vocalists with a soft spot and keen enthusiasm for early swing, European roots, juke joint and old-time country music. Together they turn back in time to dust off the rare and forgotten tunes or to re-work the familiar tried and true melodies with the aim of carrying them forward to share with audiences of today. Variously tender and bold, imaginative and well-honed, The DitchLilies bring a refreshing sound to the roots music revival. 

Kari Larson

Kari Larson is a seasoned and passionate multi-instrumentalist and an accomplished luthier. She has been playing things with strings more or less all her life. The muses have led her to the early jazz and swing era, to traditional styles from Europe and the Americas, and to many strains of roots music from the US of A. This broad swath of stylistic influences has formed and continues to inform Kari's sound stamp. She discovered early on that she enjoyed studio work, and consequently she appears on many recordings from the West Coast to the Midwest as a side-player. She performed, recorded, and toured nationally as Hull and Larson with Dakota Dave Hull from the mid-90's through 2001. Throughout many musical projects and adventures, Kari's cornerstone has been The DitchLilies.

Lisa Schultz

Lisa Schultz's love for roots music has been life long. As a multi-instrumentalist and song interpreter, she has dedicated decades to listening to, learning and performing the music that peaked her interest in moments. Eventually sets evolved into ballads from west Virginia, sweet folk tunes from the mountains of South America, villages in Europe or weddings in Italy, western swing from Texas, and barrel house songs from the dance floors of America. Performances include Lisa with an arch top guitar, mandolin, banjo and most notably her strong and unique vocals. 

Bio for Press and Promo.

The DitchLilies are Kari Larson and Lisa Schultz playing roots music from the Americas and Europe with vocals, guitars, mandolins, banjo, ukulele and weissenborn. Based along the West Coast of Wisconsin, they have been performing around the upper midwest since 1998, bringing a freshness and depth to folk music traditions. 

Notable Perfomances

-Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-time Association August Festival 2003, 2008. -Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-time Association June Kickoff Festival 2005, 2006, 2007. -Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-time Association Winter Weekend 2003 thru 2008. Opening for Headline act, Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike in 2006. -Great River Folk Festival, La Crosse, WI in 2007. -Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival, Madison, WI in 2006. -The Maiden Rock Revue TRAINS, a traveling multi-media show founded and produced by us in 2009. -Mud Lake Music Festival, Dubuque, IA in 2007 -Orchestra Hall Stage for Macy's Day of Music, Mpls, MN in 2006. -Winona Heritage Festival, MN in 2006. -Minnesota State Fair Heritage Stage, St. Paul, MN in 2008. -MPR Stage at the MN State Fair, St. Paul, MN in 2009. -Log Jam Concert at Copeland Park, La Crosse, WI opening act for Michael Martin Murphy in 2008. -Honky Tonk Cafe, River Falls, WI sharing show with Spider John Koerner in 2008. -Gays Mills Folk Music Festival, WI in 2008. -Boats and Bluegrass Festival, Winona, MN in 2006, 2007. -Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota, MN sharing the stage w/ Cam Waters in 2007, 2008. -Green Bay's Botanical Garden Fair, WI 2009. -The 2nd Annual Milwaukee Ukulele Festival, 2010 -The Gandy Dancer Festival, Mazomanie, WI 2010 -Great River Folk Festival, La Crosse, WI 2011 -Two Harbors Ukulele Group/Silver Creek Ukulele Carnival 2011 -A Musical Tribute to Woody Guthrie, Maiden Rock, WI 2011 -Ashland Folk Festival, WI 2011 -River Falls Roots and Bluegrass Music Festival, WI 2010, 2011 -Great River Shakespeare Festival/Prelude Concert, Winona, MN 2011 -Mississippi River Celebration at the Wide Spot Performing Arts Center, Stockholm, WI 2011 -Roots Rock & Deep Blues Festival, Mpls, MN 2012 -The Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, Ontonagon, MI 2012 -Kevin and Michelle's Bluegrass Adventure and Roots Festival, Algoma, WI 2012 -Opening Act for Butch Thompson & Pat Donohue, Stockholm, WI 2012.

Over the past 20 years we have also performed at countless other Art and Music Festivals, Summer Concert Series, Arts Association Sponsored Concerts, Historic Hotels, Weddings, Anniversaries, Special Events, Restaurants, Taverns, Coffee Houses, Wineries and Brew Pubs, Garden Shows, Fundraisers, Benefits and House Concerts.

-KFAI 90.3 Live Performance and Interview April, 2005 through 2012. -Wisconsin Public Radio Interview on Spectrum West Show -88.3, November 2005. -Simply Folk on Wisconsin Public Radio aired live show from Gays Mills Folk Festival in 2008. -Performances during a Live Broadcast of Radio Heartland from the MPR Stage at the MN State Fair 2009.

Notable Recordings

-KFAI Pledge Drive CD's. 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010.
-National Reso-Phonic Guitars, "Artists in Resonance" CD 2006.
-The DitchLilies self-titled CD (out of print).
-Guest appearance on Cam Waters "Magical Mystery Train" CD 2008.
-The Honky Tonk Cafe performers compilation, 2008.
-The DitchLilies "Drifting", May 2009.