The International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass and Wide Open Bluegrass will return to Raleigh, NC, for its fifth year from September 26 – 30, 2017. As always, it includes a business conference, the awards show, and a two-day free […]
We’ve seen the Del McCoury Band at two midsized bluegrass festivals this summer. At age 77 — and having been inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 2011 — you’d think that McCoury has earned himself a […]
Walking into St. Louis’ Sheldon Concert Hall on the evening of March 12 2016 was like stepping into a time warp. Moving between the tall pillars that lined the building’s entrance and pulling open the large wooden doors instantly transported […]
Today I’ve got several threads running through my brain, and I’m going to throw them into a Yahtzee cup and see what spills out. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. And if the Woodys I’m here to talk to you about […]
After Billy Bragg, Wilco, and a host of others have already rifled the Woody Guthrie notebooks, pickings might seem slim for this Del McCoury project. Yet Del and Woody (released April 15 on McCoury Music) finds common ground for the […]
About the time Woody Guthrie would have been singing lullabies to his daughter Nora, a preteen Del McCoury was sitting in a pew at the Missionary Baptist Church listening to his mom and dad sing. Occasionally, when she got a […]
A few years ago, I wrote a brief comment about a lackluster performance from a local cover band that had appeared at a festival we were attending. The next day the band’s leader approached me, taking exception to my characterization […]
Friday brought the bluegrass faithful out for a rousing night of old school entertainment by the Del McCoury Band at a packed Music Box Supper Club. God bless the 76-years-young band leader who just relished in the appreciative audience all night […]
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