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Del McCoury

Among the most distinguished practitioners of traditional bluegrass, Del McCoury was the epitome of the "high lonesome sound" for over three decades. Born Delano Floyd McCoury, he was raised in Bakersville, North Carolina. In 1941, he and his family moved to Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, where he got his start as a five-string banjo picker with Keith Daniels & the Blue Ridge Ramblers. Later he played with Jack Cooke's Virginia Mountain Boys in Baltimore. McCoury got his first big break in 1963 when Bill Monroe hired the Virginia Mountain Boys to play a few New York gigs. Monroe was impressed by the young banjo player and invited him to join his Blue Grass Boys. Shortly after accepting Monroe's offer, McCoury became the group's lead vocalist and took up rhythm guitar. In early 1964, he recorded one single with Monroe, but a month later returned home to marry.

Following his marriage, he and fiddler Billy Baker spent three months in California playing with the Golden State Boys. Upon his return back east, McCoury began playing and recording with the Shady Valley Boys. McCoury left the group in 1967 and founded the Dixie Pals with Bill Emerson, Wayne Yates, and Billy Baker. McCoury & His Dixie Pals, which underwent several membership changes, played together for over 20 years and recorded on such labels as Rounder, Revonah, Leather, and Rebel. In 1987, the unit was renamed the Del McCoury Band following the additions of his sons Ronnie on mandolin and Robbie on banjo along with fiddler Tad Marks and bass player Mike Brantley.

The period following the formation of the Del McCoury Band proved to be very productive, with several terrific releases for Rounder. The band carefully bridged the gap between the interesting song choices and instrumentation of the best progressive bluegrass groups, while still retaining the high lonesome style of traditional bluegrass. In early 1999, the band reached a whole new group of listeners when it backed singer/songwriter Steve Earle on his successful traditionally themed album The Mountain. Around that time, McCoury and sons amicably ended their relationship with Rounder, moving to Ricky Skaggs' Ceili label for the Family and Del and the Boys records. The band released It's Just the Night in 2003, followed by The Company We Keep in 2005, the gospel-influenced Promised Land in 2006, and Family Circle in 2009. Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe appeared on LP in 2011 and on CD early in 2012. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Great Instrumental love the Mandolin played here with great excellence. What a great sounding piece. Violin solo excellent too. Great group altogether can't help loving the Mandolin what a great instrument.
Thanks, Scott as you are too... I am in love with his voice he's the absolutely the best reminds me of Mississippi, Biloxi that is when I was in the Air Force in the 50's.
Sing it..... Del, Love your voice its the best. Back home stuff. Great Violin. Great group. :o))
@RichardFras e r : Right?! hehe, I'm right there with ya!
Absolutely just love his voice cant miss his voice ever.
Just who is that sqeaky voice solo sounds distinckly like no one voice but his. Sounding really backwoods. Out on the Porch sound.
IT SURE WAS APLEASURE TO SEE THE MCCOURY'S AT THE NORTHWEST STRING SUMMIT...... . I AM STILL IN THE MOOD.
"This ones fer that feller who keeps yellin' for the motorcycle song, Vincent Black Lightnin'"- love ya Del, and thanks for playin' that motorcycle song. Sorry I was drunk...
My boyfriend saw them this year at the Grand Ole Opry (2013) and my boyfriend is NOT a fan of bluegrass... h e LOVED them! They have such a pure sound!
You should hear these guys live...and watch them move on the stage. You will have an entirely different appreciation for them. Mesmerizing.
eeee hhhhh aaaaa
This is backhome music I heard lots of year's ago. Still love it, its like a group of musicians on the front porch in Kentucky with old cigerette hanging down from their wet lips. Maybe Mississippi too.
alissajoycru z
Reminds me of my Grandfather! He loved this Musik!
Something about this, that I love ❌⭕❌⭕
this is the true kind of country music
this is the true kind country music

I saw Del and the boys a few months back in Morristown NJ they were fantastic.
Check out Del's sons new album with Keller Williams and the Travelin McCourys Pick out July 3. Amazing CD. http://kelle r w i l l i a m s . s h o p . m u s i c t o d a y . c o m / D e p t . a s p x ? c p = 3 4 5 9 7 _ 5 6 8 6 7
We saw Del and his band with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in Lawrence Kansas. They brought the house down. I wish they could have played for a couple more hours.
sk.stewart0
I'm with hornblower19 . . . r e a d y for DelFest 2012...Del Yeah!
Looking forward with some down home anticipation for Delfest 2012 and the opportunity to give my beautiful daughter Nicole the experience of a lifetime.
aholzer925
They are playing the free San Francisco Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest on 09/30/2011 =)
Some years ago I was in Washington D.C., one summer when they had their music and culture festival going on. (Sorry I forget exactly what it's called). Anyhow, I roamed around, listening to a lot of music, etc., and watched Del McCoury and his band for quite a while. While they were on a break I went over and told them how how much I liked their music. They were very humble, and thankful for my words of praise. They even posed for a few photos for me!
Bluegrass don't get bluer!
sassyjan
fabulous
ktackit
Can't WAIT for Delfest 2010!!!!!!
dschwab40
Del is classic bluegrass!! He and his band are a high class act. Y'all come to DelFest each Memorial Day in Cumberland Md to see him in action!!
Greatest Bluegrass band today!!!!
bLUEGRASS AT ITS FINEST
Today is the first time I heard Dels' music. I don't know why I've never heard it before, but you can bet I'll be hearing it for a long time to come.

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