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Awards include:

  • International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year 1998
  • International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year 1997
  • International Bluegrass Music Association Instrumental Group of the Year 1997
  • International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year 1996
  • International Bluegrass Music Association Instrumental Group of the Year 1996
  • International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year 1994

Top songs include:

  • Rain and Snow
  • Cold Hard Facts
  • Look of a Perfect Diamond
  • Carrie Brown
  • Get Down on Your Knees and Pray
  • High on a Mountain
  • Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms
  • Cheek to Cheek With the Blues
  • Bluest Man in Town
  • Black Mountain Rag

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Genre: Bluegrass
Decades Active: 00's, 10's, 20's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's

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Roster: Bluegrass

Roster: Jam Bands

Roster: Grammy winners

Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Robbie McCoury, Jason Carter, Alan Bartram

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GRAMMY award-winning The Del McCoury Band is an American bluegrass band.

When talking traditional bluegrass, it is hard to find an article, review, or feature that doesn’t use the Del McCoury Band synonymously with “high lonesome.” It could be said that Del is the definition of “high lonesome.”

For more than 30 years, Del McCoury has been actively playing Bluegrass Music. Since his apprenticeship with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in the ’50s, he has played with some of the best bands in Bluegrass.

Del has been recording and performing for four decades. Early in his career, he was a member of the Bluegrass Boys, playing guitar and singing with Bill Monroe. In the early 1960s, he formed his own band, The Dixie Pals, and went on to establish himself as one of the most distinctive and recognizable performers in bluegrass.

Stringent rhythm guitar and piercing lead vocals have made Del a cornerstone of traditional bluegrass music. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awarded Del the Male Vocalist of the Year three years in a row.

In an interview, Del was asked about his preference for the blues. “The blues have a lot in them for a singer. There’s more melody that you can get out of a slow, bluesy tune. You can turn it and twist it, and this and that. I like to see what I can get out of it.” Whether it is bluesy, hard-driving, or high lonesome, what he gets out of it is making some of the hottest bluegrass heard today.

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In 1981, Ronnie joined The Del McCoury Band as a vocalist and mandolin player. The tight vocal harmonies of Del and Ronnie will spur chills on any given night. Instrumentally, Ronnie is one of the premier mandolin players in bluegrass and a sought-after studio musician. Ronnie is IBMA’s Mandolin Player of the Year for 1993 and 1994. Winning this award two years straight makes Ronnie and Sam Bush the only winners since the award’s inception.

In 1987, Robbie joined the band, first as the bassist, then two years later switching to banjo. Robbie has been called “one of the most exciting and masterful new interpreters of Scruggs-style banjo picking.” Robbie has been a finalist in the Banjo Player of the Year category for three years running.

The band recorded with Steve Earle on “I Still Carry You Around” on his 1997 album, El Corazón. They shared co-billing on his 1999 album, The Mountain.

In 1999, the Del McCoury band was named “Entertainer of the Year” at the International Bluegrass Music Awards.

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In 2004 they were nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for It’s Just the Night, and in 2006, they won that category for The Company We Keep.

Mike Bub, bass and harmony vocals, and Jason Carter, fiddle, round out the Del McCoury Band. Mike has performed and recorded with many well-respected bands. Being an accomplished banjo player as well, he brings an innate sense of rhythm to the band. Jason joined the band in 1992. Playing in the bluesy style of many of the bluegrass pioneers, Jason’s fiddle playing is right at home.

Though anchored by Del’s strong vocals, the group as a whole has been recognized by the IBMA as finalist in every category possible, excluding only the Female Vocalist of the Year Award. In addition to Ronnie’s award for Mandolin Player of the Year, the band walked away with awards for Album of the Year (“A Deeper Shade of Blue“) and Entertainer of the Year for 1994.

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The McCourys made several appearances on “The Nashville Network” as guests on “Music City Tonight,” “The American Music Shop,” “Crook & Chase,” “Country Music News” and the “Americana Network” on “Ronnie Reno’s Old Time Music Festival,” as well as The Grand Ole Opry. Touring extensively, the band performs year-round throughout the United States and abroad.

The Travelin’ McCourys are an offshoot of the Del McCoury Band, featuring all current (2009) members of the band minus Del, augmented by guitarist Cody Kilby on live performances.

The Travelin’ McCourys also often play joint concerts with the Lee Boys.

What Others Say About
The Del McCoury Band

Chicago Tribune:
“For every generation, there seems to be one ensemble that represents the pinnacle in bluegrass music, and today that group is the Del McCoury Band.”

Washington Post:
“Unstoppable momentum and terrific voices that blend the best qualities of hillbilly, honky-tonk and blues singing.”

Bluegrass Unlimited:
“If Bill Monroe is the father of bluegrass, then surely Del McCoury is figuratively his number one son.”

Sing Out:
“Next to Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, no one has kept the blue in bluegrass like Del McCoury.”


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