The Travelin’ McCourys new album with Keller Williams hits stores today. To celebrate, we are giving away the track “Bumper Sticker” featuring Del McCoury until midnight tonight. To get your copy go to:
To hear more, or to purchase the album, visit http://www.kellermccoury.com
We’re about to be a part of the biggest bluegrass festival at sea and we’d love for you to join us! Mountain Song Productions is partnering with Sixthman to fill an entire luxury cruise liner with more than a dozen bluegrass and acoustic artists including David Grisman Sextet, Del McCoury Band, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton, Steep Canyon Rangers, Kruger Brothers and many more!
Mountain Song at Sea will set sail February 1-4, 2013, from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas aboard the Norwegian Sky, a luxurious ship full of all the amenities you’d expect – pools, hot tubs, a casino and music on multiple stages, around every corner. There’s something special that happens when a group of artists who share a passion for their music and a community of like-minded fans gather together to journey aboard one ship. Mountain Song at Sea will provide experiences that you can’t get anywhere else – shows with your favorite artists in intimate venues, spontaneous artist collaborations, jams, interactions with artists and through it all the creation of friendships and your own Mountain Song at Sea community. Artists will host Q&A sessions and other activities, like a poker tournament, beer and wine tastings, workshops, games, and more!
You’ve never seen this many bluegrass fans at sea! The entire ship has been chartered for the inaugural Mountain Song at Sea festival, and will be full of like-minded fans just like you. Every person on board will be there for one thing: to live and breathe all the amazing music for three full days! So prepare to sail on the greatest music festival celebrating the traditions, the legends and new evolutions of bluegrass! Check out www.mountainsongatsea.com to find out more details about the event and how you can be a part of the pre-sale and get yourself onboard!
March 23, 2012
SMF: Preservation Hall/Del McCoury @ Trustees
By Jim Morekis
It’s been written before but I’ll write it again: There are only two American musical traditions worth talking about:
1) The African-American tradition, historically centered in the Mississippi River Delta;
2) and the Scots-Irish tradition of the Appalachian Mountains.
That’s it. Everything else that’s come out of this country that’s worth listening to — jazz, R&B, gospel, rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass, country — has its roots in one or the other, or both, of these.
(The undeniable fact that both of them are Southern traditions is yet another reason for you non-Southerners to be happy we allow y’all to stick around here. You’re welcome.)
Popular portrayals and conventional wisdom insist that we should consider those two traditions as somehow in opposition to each other. But in another of those adventurous double bills for which SMF Director Rob Gibson is becoming famous, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans and Del McCoury’s bluegrass ensemble joined forces at the Trustees Friday night for one of the biggest barn-burners in recent SMF history, one which defied lazy explanation.
While the alliance of the two groups actually happened well before this evening — with their American Legacies recorded collaboration and a Letterman appearance — the overwhelmingly rapturous reception of the show was by no means a given considering the generally conservative nature of many typical SMF audience members.
It’s true that many SMF audiences tend to skew a bit older, but it’s just as true that I can’t recall another crowd at the Trustees Theatre — even for rock shows — demand an encore in as spirited and vociferous fashion as the crowd did this night.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. The takeaway from this show is twofold: A) the Preservation Hall Jazz Band remain a bunch of smiling, genteel killers who can play with anyone, anywhere, and B) it is a very pleasant surprise just how well these two fine ensembles melded America’s two seminal musical traditions.
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