McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass
Monday, March 12, 2018
– "Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass" will become obvious come May 25 when his new album is out.
The title is a nod to his 1968 record, "Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass." The first single is "To Make Love Sweeter For You."
"What I like in a record is variety of moods, of tempos," McCoury said of the 14-track disc. "I consider myself traditional at heart, but I don't have any boundaries. I'm just a guy that likes to sing and play music. Whatever strikes me to do I'll do it. Without wrecking things."
The album features his band (Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Rob McCoury on Banjo, Jason Carter on fiddle, Alan Bartran on bass) with a guest electric guitar from his grandson, Heaven McCoury, on a cover of Shawn Camp's tune "Hot Wired." McCoury's most recent album was 2016's "Del & Woody," with Woody being Guthrie.
Tour dates are:
March 23 - Del & Woody @ Carolina Performing Arts - Chapel Hill, NC
March 24 - Sumter Opera House - Sumpter, SC
April 12 - Irvine Barclay Theatre - Irvine, CA
April 13 - Bender Jamboree - Las Vegas, NV
April 20 - Riverside Live Mayo Civic Center - Rochester, MN
April 21 - Stoughton Opera House - Stoughton, WI
April 22, 23 - Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL
April 28 - The Caverns (Bluegrass Underground) - Pelham, TN
May 24-27 - DelFest - Cumberland, MD
June 7 - Symphony Space - New York, NY
June 9 - Houston Fest Galax - Galax, VA
June 15 - Blue Ox Music Festival - Eau Claire, WI
June 16 - Father's Day Bluegrass Festival - Grass Valley, CA
June 21 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride, CO
June 23 - Rudy Fest - Morehead, KY
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