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Del McCoury plans box set

Friday, March 6, 2009 – A Del McCoury 5-CD box set, "Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury," will be out May 12 on his own label.

With more than 30 new recordings of songs from McCoury's first 40 years of performing and an additional 18 from the Del McCoury's Band most essential tracks of the last decade, this box set includes a 12-page full color booklet of photographs from the McCoury family archives.

The release includes High On A Mountain, Are You Teasing Me, Dark Hollow, Bluest Man In Town, Rain And Snow, Good Man Like Me, Rain Please Go Away, Nothin' Special and Never Grow Up Boy.

"Del gives hope to everybody - 50 years is a long time to be playing music in any field," said Elvis Costello. "But to keep the purity that you need to do this kind of music, and the drive and energy, that takes a special kind of guy."

"Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury" was recorded in a marathon session that lasted only a few days. "We went through the songs pretty quickly," says son Ronnie, who plays mandolin. "Take after take, it was just great. Dad sounds better than ever on here. We had a list of songs that the 3 of us made, with 15 or 20 songs from each of the decades and the albums that he made before he started owning his own recordings, and he would just pick some things to record on each session - and then we just went in and knocked them out. So they all have a real live feel to them."

McCoury will play at Bonnaroo in June and host the 2nd Annual Delfest in Cumberland, Md. in May.

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Del and Woody CD review - Del and Woody
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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: Sweeney maintains her musical integrity – Sunny Sweeney has gone the big label route and even earned a hit with "From a Table Away," but truth be told, she's better off without the baggage of the bigs, especially given the consistent quality and musical vision that was so clearly and admirably on display on this evening. When the East Texas native started her career, she was... »»»
Concert Review: Live, Shelley proves she's the real deal – After the concert, Joan Shelley was greeted by a fan at the near sold-out club who had never seen her before. The first timer told the Louisville, Ky.-based folk-oriented singer that she wanted to see for herself if Shelley's vocals were the real deal live. The fan walked away mighty impressed -based on her comments - and it was easy to see why.... »»»
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