This Boston-based acoustic combo mines time-honored elements to create music that's unmistakably fresh and contemporary. Since the release of their DIY album "I Built This Heart" a couple of years ago, Della Mae has quickly won an enthusiastic following through their high-energy live performances at festivals around the country. "This World Oft Can Be," Della Mae's second album and Rounder-label debut, shows that like the Avett Brothers, Lumineers, and Punch Brothers, these five multitalented young women are respectful of American musical tradition, but not restricted by it, combining centuries' worth of musical influences with an emotionally tough, undeniably modern songwriting sensibility. In addition to playing festivals and clubs throughout the United States, Della Mae recently expanded the scale of its touring efforts after participating in the U.S. State Department's American Music Abroad program. Selected as cultural ambassadors, the band spent 43 days traveling in Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, where they collaborated with local musicians, taught educational programs for children, and played concerts for local audiences.