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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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