McCourys, Ell dominate releases
Friday, May 25, 2018
– The McCoury family is spearheading the new releases today as both Del McCoury and The Travelin' McCourys are out with discs.
Del McCoury releases "Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass" with the title a nod to his 1968 record, "Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass." "To Make Love Sweeter For You" is the first single from the 14-song release. The release features sons Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo along with Jason Carter on fiddle, and Alan Bartran on bass with a electric guitar from his grandson, Heaven McCoury, on a cover of Shawn Camp's tune "Hot Wired."
The Travelin McCourys are out with their self-titled, self-produced debut album, which was recorded in Nashville at The Butcher Shoppe. The release is a mix of originals and covers of two Grateful Dead songs and one from John Hartford. The band includes Ronnie and Rob McCoury, Carter and Cody Kilby on guitar.
Canadian guitarist Lindsay Ell pays tribute to John Mayer on "The Continuim Project," her version of the songs on Mayer's 2006 disc. She co-produced and co-engineered the cd, which started as a homework assignment from producer Kristian Bush of Sugarland. When preparing for her debut disc, "The Project," which was out last August, Bush gave Ell two weeks to reimagine her favorite desert island disc and recording every instrument and voice alone in her studio.
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