Developing a steady crowd of local and regional fans in their third year together, By & By has been heard at Bluegrass Nights on H Street, Acre 121, Big Bear Café, Solly’s Tavern, Sova Lounge, Iota Club and Café, and the ever-expanding Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival. In March 2013 they performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
At the 2012 DC Bluegrass Union Festival, By & By took first place in the band competition, giving them an opening slot at the next day’s main stage performances, which included Sierra Hull and Country Current.
By & By’s first full-length album, Get It While You Can, is available now.
Claire Blaustein, Fiddle
Daniel Buchner, Guitar
Steve Grossman, Banjo
Matt Iadanza, Bass
James Millward, Mandolin
Elise Smithmyer, Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
While they rely on their extensive catalog of traditional music (their cover of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” is one of the best), three of the band members have all contributed to the songwriting efforts of their forthcoming album,Get It While You Can!. ”It’s almost entirely original tunes, and we’re looking forward to having it at our shows and hearing what people think!’”
— Tommy Wells (@TommyWells) September 9, 2013
DC Bluegrass Union – Press Release - Capacity Crowd Celebrates Washington’s Rich Bluegrass Heritage at the 3rd Annual DC Bluegrass Festival (February 26, 2012)
Hill Rag – Bluegrass At Sova (December 2011)
The Washington Post - H Street Arts Festival Photo Gallery (June 30, 2011).