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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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Del and Woody CD review - Del and Woody
For two years we've been hearing of this recording, a project where original lyrics from Woody Guthrie were to be reinvented as bluegrass songs by the legendary Del McCoury. Like previous sets from Billy Bragg & Wilco (3 volumes of "Mermaid Avenue" released between 1998-2012), Jay Farrar, et al ("New Multitudes," 2012) and The Klezmatics (a pair of 2006 releases), lyrics stored within the Woody Guthrie Archives were turned over to McCoury to be repurposed. »»»
High, Lonesome and Blue
Perennial IBMA Entertainer of the Year winner Del McCoury has had an impressive run over the last decade or so, and his efforts are a large factor in the ever-widening popularity of bluegrass music. McCoury's growth came at a time when he was recording on Rounder, and this collection on Rounder's Heritage series collects tracks from all of the albums he issued during that period. Though McCoury released an album with Rounder in 1972, this disc skips over that for the more cohesive batch of tunes »»»
Del And The Boys
All hyperbole aside, The Del McCoury Band is the best working bluegrass group in the land right now, and it could be argued that their final resting place in bluegrass history will be alongside Scruggs, Stanley and Grisman, who all had the ability to honor the music's traditions while expanding on its possibilities. McCoury and his group have been solid for a decade now and show no signs of letting up now. All the band members are award-winners on their respective instruments, but there seems »»»
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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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