Cane Mill Road


  • From Deep Gap, North Carolina.
  • Formed in 2015 by teens Liam Purcell (mandolin) and Tray Wellington (banjo) who are both from Deep Gap (home of Doc Watson). Also in the band: Elliott Smith (bass) and Casey Lewis (guitar).
  • 2017, released first album Five Speed (no label), produced by Cathy Fink and Tom Mindte.
  • 2019, released Gap to Gap album (Patuxent).
  • 2019, won the IBMA Momentum Award for Band of the Year. Tray Wellington also won the Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year.
  • 2020, the group disbanded.
  • 2021, Mandolinist Liam Purcell re-formed the band with Rob McCormac (guitar), Jacob Smith (bass), Colton Kerchner (banjo) and Sam Stage (fiddle). Rebranded the band as Liam Purcell and Cane Mill Road.
  • 2021, Purcell released solo album Roots (Trailhead) writing all the songs and playing all the instruments.
  • 2023, fiddler Stage was replaced by Ella Jordan (formerly with Mile Twelve).
  • 2024, released Yellow Line album (Pinecastle).
  • 2024, banjo player Zack Vickers replaced Kerchner.