Del Gets Back On a Bus - “Get On the Bus” Tour Kicks off November 26

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Del McCoury may be 78 years old, but if you’ve followed his legendary career, from Bill Monroe’s band to building DelFest, one of the most popular music festivals in the country, you know that the man’s age is no more than a number. Bringinghis signature smile and timeless catalog of songs, Del McCoury with The Del McCoury Band is hitting the road on a tour bus starting in Berkeley, CA on November 26 and ending in Denver, CO on December 9 for an eleven-date winter tour.

Why now? What motivates the Grammy Award-winning Del McCoury to embark on his longest multi-week rock venue tour since performing with Steve Earle in 1999? “It’s time to check on the kids,” Del says. “Thousands of people from all over the world have supported our bluegrass band and DelFest over the years. I want to get back on the bus with my boys to express a little bit of our gratitude for all the love and attention that our fans continue to show us.”

For over fifty years, Del McCoury’s music has defined authenticity for the most hardcore bluegrass lovers to music fans only vaguely familiar with the genre. By collaborating with a who’s who list of artists across virtually every musical genre to being asked to write music to Woody Guthrie lyrics never set to music, Del and The Del McCoury Band, featuring his sons Robbie and Ronnie McCoury and award-winning musicians, Jason Carter and Alan Bartram, have built a fanbase that transcends age and musical interest. Now hitting the road for an extended  bus run with renewed energy and enthusiasm, Del is focused on making his “Get On The Bus” Tour one that fans will remember for generations to come.

Don’t miss The Del McCoury Band’s “Get On The Bus” Tour this holiday season in a city near you:

11/26/2017 — Freight & Salvage — Berkeley, CA

11/27/2017 — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co — Chico, CA

11/28/2017 — Humboldt Brews — Arcata, CA

11/30/2017 — OK Theatre — Enterprise, OR

12/1/2017 — Aladdin Theatre —Portland, OR

12/2/2017 — Triple Door — Seattle, WA

12/3/2017 — Rogue Theatre — Grants Pass, OR

12/6/2017 — Wheeler Opera House — Aspen, CO

12/7/2017 — Strings Music Festival — Steamboat Springs, CO

12/8-9/2017 — Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom — Denver, CO

Del and Woody – an unlikely collaboration

Del and Woody – an unlikely collaboration

Two masterful musicians from different genres have come together for a new CD despite the fact that one of them passed away nearly a half century ago. The legendary Del McCoury releases a collaborative work with the late Woody Guthrie titled Del and Woody this Friday, April 15. McCoury didn’t set out to do the project. It just kind of fell into his lap when he was performing in a memorial concert for Woody a few years ago in Tulsa, OK. 

Del McCoury Band Breathes Life into Unrecorded Woody Guthrie Songs

Del McCoury Band Breathes Life into Unrecorded Woody Guthrie Songs

 Indeed, there’s a joyfulness to these recordings, perhaps to be expected from a singer who can perform heart-stopping spirituals. For example, “Left in This World Alone,” a lonely traveler’s lament that could be performed as a heart-breaking ballad, is elevated to a jaunty but impassioned mid-tempo plea in McCoury’s caring hands.

Del and Woody: Voices of America

Del and Woody: Voices of America

Del and Woody is the realization of two distinctly, genuinely American voices: Woody’s common-man vernacular and Del’s common-man sound.  Perhaps the keenest observer of mid-century American life and particularly American dialogue, Woody Guthrie’s take on life is perfectly reflected in these little moments.  A man taking his car to the garage to get fixed, a just-released prisoner working on a post-depression work project, a young father marveling about the beauty of his toddler son. 

McCoury Music & High Sierra Music announce dates for Delfest 2014

2013 has almost left us, and if we have learned anything this year, it’s that time moves fast and DelFest will be here before we know it. We are thrilled to announce the dates for the 7th Annual DelFest in Cumberland, Maryland - Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, 2014!

A limited pre-sale of specially discounted 4-day Passes will go on-sale at Noon EST on Tuesday, January 14th.  In years past, pre-sale tickets have moved very quickly. The general on-sale, including DELuxe Experience Packages, RV and Parking Passes, Kids Passes, and DelFest Academy will be announced and available shortly thereafter, with a lineup announcement early next year.

DelFest 2014 will once again be held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hrs from Baltimore and DC).  The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival with a down home feel that celebrates the rich legacy of McCoury music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations as well as showcasing fresh new talent. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 7th Annual DelFest will again offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch.  Personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD serves as the perfect location for DelFest. Nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, the Fairgrounds are convenient to four major airports and easily reached by rail or road.

In addition to traditional stage sets by world-class artists, attendees can again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances both at unique “playshops”(informal workshops where the emphasis will be on performance rather than instruction) and in late night indoor performances and picking sessions. DelFest will also include a band competition, with the winners being invited to return for a regular set at the following year’s gathering, and for the sixth year, Delfest will be immediately preceded by a 3-day Music Academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys, where all levels of musicians can learn from some of the best pickers in the world (the Academy will take place the week leading into the festival).

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The Streets of Baltimore nominated for a 2013 GRAMMY AWARD

The Streets of Baltimore nominated for a 2013 GRAMMY AWARD, Best Bluegrass Album baltimorecover1500pixels

The Del McCoury Band has garnered critical acclaim for their latest effort, The Streets of Baltimore and the album was just nominated in the Best Bluegrass Album category for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be airing live on CBS January 26th, 2014. This gives the Del McCoury Band a chance to add a second Grammy to their collection-having won in this same category back in 2005. It also marks Del’s tenth Grammy nomination.

It’s not hard to see how the new album is shaped by the musical memories acquired and lessons learned starting back in McCoury’s Baltimore days.  For one thing, as a reminder of how tightly entwined bluegrass and country music were at the time, there’s a healthy dose of songs from the country repertoire, including the title track (a 1966 country hit for Bobby Bare), “Too Many Rivers” (a crossover hit for Brenda Lee in 1965 and recorded by dozens of country singers at the time) and “Once More With Feeling,” a massive hit for Jerry Lee Lewis that reminds us that McCoury and his band were called on to perform in honor of The Killer’s induction into the Rock Hall of Fame a few years ago.  And while pop and jazz fans know “Misty” as an entry in the “Great American Songbook,” Del and the boys give an affectionate here nod to country singer and humorist Ray Stevens, whose banjo-driven version of the song scraped the top of the country charts nearly 40 years ago.

The Del McCoury Band:

Del McCoury (guitar, vocals)

Ronnie McCoury (mandolin)

Rob McCoury (banjo)

Jason Carter (fiddle)

Alan Bartram (bass)