The Del McCoury Band
“A national treasure.” — The Washington Post
National Heritage Fellow
Member of Grand Ole Opry & IBMA Hall of Fame
2 Grammys & 35 IBMA Awards
Delighting fans for five decades with his clear lonely wail and distinct guitar runs, there is no bluegrass entertainer with a more impressive resume than Del McCoury. And at 78, he just keeps on going!
In 2003, Del earned a much coveted membership in the cast of the legendary Grand Ole Opry; the band earned their first of several GRAMMYS two years later. In 2010, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Del a lifetime achievement award. In 2011 he was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame. Del’s also won three consecutive IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year awards.
After a year as the lead singer and guitarist with Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys, Del went off to head his own Dixie Pals for over two decades before renaming the act once his sons Ronnie and Robbie came aboard. With only one member change in sixteen years, Del’s current lineup is world class. It boasts eight-time International Bluegrass Music Association mandolin player of the year, Ronnie McCoury, three-time IBMA fiddler of the year, Jason Carter, and the 2015 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Rob McCoury. Alan Bartram, 2016 IBMA Bass Player of the Year nominee, on bass and sterling vocals completes this quintessential bluegrass unit. 2016 was another good year for the guys in the band with 5 more IBMA Award nominations.
Vincent Black Lightnin’ 1952
Dressed in suits and ties, the band often gathers family-style around a single microphone with the genial father figure doing most of the talking and honoring requests from the audience. The band has collaborated on recordings with a number of world renowned artists including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Steve Earl. The 5 box set, Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury, is a stunning collection encapsulating half a century of brilliant, heartfelt music. Their CD, The Streets of Baltimore, won another Grammy and got rave reviews.
Their latest release, “Del and Woody,” features posthumous collaborations between the late Woody Guthrie – one of America’s greatest songwriters – and America’s most celebrated living bluegrass legend, Del McCoury. Be sure not to miss the Del McCoury Band sets and the special Grateful Ball sets with the Travelin’ McCourys and the Jeff Austin Band together at Grey Fox 2017! (See Travelin’ McCourys page, Jeff Austin Band page).
The Streets of Baltimore
I’ll Fly Away (with Preservation Jazz Band on Letterman)