Del McCoury readies new CD
Friday, September 4, 2009
– Del McCoury may have released a retrospective, the "Celebrating 50 Years Of Del McCoury" boxed set, but he's not done for the year. "Family Circle" is dropping Oct. 27.
Recorded this summer at sessions sandwiched between appearances at Merlefest, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox and McCoury's own Delfest, "Family Circle" finds McCoury recorded with sons Ronnie and Rob, fiddler Jason Carter and bass player Alan Bartram.
Writers like Billy Smith and Shawn Camp are back with new entries, along with Californian Joe New. McCoury revives pop classic I Remember You (learned from country singer Slim Whitman's version) and goes to his roots with Sweet Appalachia (from West Virginia's Alan Johnston) and Revenuer's Blues, written by Rob McCoury and long-time buddy Ronnie Bowman. Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson and Buddy and Julie Miller - McCoury covers Does My Ring Burn Your Finger - and Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler and a dash of rockabilly with the Charlie Rich-penned Jerry Lee Lewis number, Break Up also are included.
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