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McCoury Band wins second Grammy

Monday, January 27, 2014 – Del McCoury Band's Grammy win for Best Bluegrass Album for "The Streets of Baltimore" was the band's second.

"I am truly grateful for this Grammy award," said McCoury, 74, "but you know, we've still got some shows to do."

"That's really where I got my start, you know," McCoury said of the gritty, hard-working harbor city that provides the setting for the title track. The song was an early '60s hit for Bobby Bare around the time that McCoury left his nearby Pennsylvania home for a stint with Bill Monroe.

"There were some great bands and some great characters that were working in the clubs those days, and I learned a lot about how to play this music from playing with them. Back then, you could get anything you needed down there - and a lot of things you didn't need, too."

The band consists of McCoury's sons Ronnie and Rob McCoury, fiddler Jason Carter and bass man Alan Bartram.

"It really makes me feel good to see all the younger talent coming up in bluegrass," McCoury said. "You know, it was kind of an honor just to be nominated with all these great musicians; a lot of them weren't even born when I was working back in Baltimore. It really keeps me on my toes to be out there with them. I think the music's in as good a shape as it's ever been, and I'm just thrilled to still be right in the middle of it all."

McCoury and band hit the road Feb. 13 for a date at the University of Nebraska.

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The Streets of Baltimore CD review - The Streets of Baltimore
Del McCoury has a track record of more than a half-century of top-notch, thoroughly professional bluegrass performance and recording artistry, and if any suspect or fear that, as he nears his 75th birthday, age and almost six decades on the road have started to take a toll on his singular voice, this new release will lay all such fears to rest. It's vintage Del, will be completely satisfying to longtime fans and hard to beat as an introduction for new ones. The title track is, of course, »»»
American Legacies CD review - American Legacies
Working within the influences of two American musics - New Orleans jazz and bluegrass - "American Legacies" provides 47-minutes of enjoyable, challenging music. While the album is far from the boundary-stretching bluegrass that has become the hallmark of the McCoury sound, the resulting alchemy is mind-blowing. Call it Bourbangrass, call it Del Orleans: it works. While not fully understanding the complexities of these venerable music styles - with both jazz and bluegrass having »»»
Family Circle CD review - Family Circle
From Sweet Appalachia to his girl leaning on a car fender in all of her Barbaric Splendor, Del McCoury reminds us his music and rural life is far from unsophisticated. The songs range from the straight bluegrass of Hello Lonely to the near swing tune I Remember You sung in high lonesome. There are waltzes, breakdowns, gold rush story songs and odes to moonshine in The Revenuer's Blues. Del McCoury is a bluegrass singing man, but perhaps a touch more mellow these days. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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