2013 has almost left us, and if we have learned anything this year, it’s that time moves fast and DelFest will be here before we know it. We are thrilled to announce the dates for the 7th Annual DelFest in Cumberland, Maryland – Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, 2014!
A limited pre-sale of specially discounted 4-day Passes will go on-sale at Noon EST on Tuesday, January 14th. In years past, pre-sale tickets have moved very quickly. The general on-sale, including DELuxe Experience Packages, RV and Parking Passes, Kids Passes, and DelFest Academy will be announced and available shortly thereafter, with a lineup announcement early next year.
DelFest 2014 will once again be held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hrs from Baltimore and DC). The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival with a down home feel that celebrates the rich legacy of McCoury music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations as well as showcasing fresh new talent. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 7th Annual DelFest will again offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch. Personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD serves as the perfect location for DelFest. Nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, the Fairgrounds are convenient to four major airports and easily reached by rail or road.
In addition to traditional stage sets by world-class artists, attendees can again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances both at unique “playshops”(informal workshops where the emphasis will be on performance rather than instruction) and in late night indoor performances and picking sessions. DelFest will also include a band competition, with the winners being invited to return for a regular set at the following year’s gathering, and for the sixth year, Delfest will be immediately preceded by a 3-day Music Academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys, where all levels of musicians can learn from some of the best pickers in the world (the Academy will take place the week leading into the festival).
The Streets of Baltimore nominated for a 2013 GRAMMY AWARD, Best Bluegrass Album
The Del McCoury Band has garnered critical acclaim for their latest effort, The Streets of Baltimore and the album was just nominated in the Best Bluegrass Album category for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be airing live on CBS January 26th, 2014. This gives the Del McCoury Band a chance to add a second Grammy to their collection-having won in this same category back in 2005. It also marks Del’s tenth Grammy nomination.
It’s not hard to see how the new album is shaped by the musical memories acquired and lessons learned starting back in McCoury’s Baltimore days. For one thing, as a reminder of how tightly entwined bluegrass and country music were at the time, there’s a healthy dose of songs from the country repertoire, including the title track (a 1966 country hit for Bobby Bare), “Too Many Rivers” (a crossover hit for Brenda Lee in 1965 and recorded by dozens of country singers at the time) and “Once More With Feeling,” a massive hit for Jerry Lee Lewis that reminds us that McCoury and his band were called on to perform in honor of The Killer’s induction into the Rock Hall of Fame a few years ago. And while pop and jazz fans know “Misty” as an entry in the “Great American Songbook,” Del and the boys give an affectionate here nod to country singer and humorist Ray Stevens, whose banjo-driven version of the song scraped the top of the country charts nearly 40 years ago.
The Del McCoury Band:
Del McCoury (guitar, vocals)
Ronnie McCoury (mandolin)
Rob McCoury (banjo)
Jason Carter (fiddle)
Alan Bartram (bass)
We are so excited to announce that we will be joining our good friends The String Cheese Incident in Denver on New Years Eve! We hope you will join us as we ring in 2014 and help the String Cheese family celebrate 20 years of making music!
A note from String Cheese:
When we started 20 years ago, it was bluegrass that filled the setlists. We are over the top excited to announce that the most awarded bluegrass band in history will open and play with us on New Year’s Eve. The Del McCoury Band is joining us on December 31st to celebrate 20 years of The String Cheese Incident. Del and the boys have been welcomed guests at many Incidents in the past, and we’re thrilled to have them on hand for our big night on NYE!
Nearly 20 years ago, a “bluegrass” band formed in the small ski towns of the Colorado Rockies. Two decades later, The String Cheese Incident will kick off their 20th Anniversary Celebration with a 3-night New Year’s run at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO. This will be the ultimate celebration of the life of the band, highlighted by special guest appearances, vintage relics from SCI’s past, and more!
Mitchell County Highway Named in Honor of Bluegrass Legend Del McCoury
October 26th, 2013 Ceremony Planned
Bluegrass legend Del McCoury will become a part of Mitchell County lore when a stretch of Hwy. 261 north of Bakersville bears his name. A ceremony to commemorate the naming of the road will take place on Oct. 26 starting at 9:30 a.m. at Lavonia Crest north of Bakersville.
McCoury, guitarist, a lead vocalist, and leader of the Del McCoury Band, is scheduled to attend the event, as well as North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. “He is world-famous in bluegrass and has a childhood connection with Mitchell County,” said Mitchell County Board of Commissioners Chair Bill Slagle.
McCoury was born in York, Pa., but both his parents and his wife’s parents are Mitchell County natives. “Del McCoury has deep roots in WNC,” said Mitchell County Chamber Director Shirley Hise. “He is related to a lot of folks here. He is one of the most accomplished and renowned bluegrass musicians in the United States.” Hise said McCoury identifies with the community and with the state of North Carolina.
“McCoury’s name is synonymous with bluegrass,” said Angie Chandler, Executive Director of Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership, which is collaborating with counties in Western North Carolina and the North Carolina Arts Council to develop the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.
“Our mountains and foothills have a national reputation as a music-rich region, and our traditions of old-time string band music, ballad singing, and bluegrass are internationally renowned,” she said. “No other area of the country has had more impact on the development of the banjo as a bluegrass instrument than here in Western North Carolina. Del McCoury has exemplified that musical heritage through his 50-year career, his ability to appeal to younger and older audiences, and his innovation of various musical styles.”
McCoury is honored by the attention. He said he has a National Endowment of the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and is in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, but this is something more. “It is a great honor to have a road named after you,” he said. “That stands forever.”
McCoury said he wished his father were alive to see the highway get named for him.
He himself never lived in Mitchell County, but he did get to visit quite a bit. His father’s family was from Glen Ayre and his mother’s family was from Buladean.
McCoury traces his musical heritage back to his family. He remembers a tale about his mom’s father playing fiddle at the Cloudland Hotel, which was located at the top of Roan Mountain, and said the lore is part of his family heritage. “I’ve heard my kin folks talk about all those things,” he said.
The World Premier of "Del and Woody: The Del McCoury Band Sings previously unreleased songs of Woody Guthrie"
On Saturday, June 29 at The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts – Venetian Theater, The Del McCoury Band will headline Caramoor’s American Roots Music Festival – a daylong celebration of folk, string band, country, blues, gospel, and bluegrass music. The concert will mark the world premiere and the only New York performance of The Del McCoury Band’s new project, “Del & Woody” featuring unheard and unsung words of Guthrie set to music by Del himself. To help bring new life to the work of American folk poet Woody Guthrie, his daughter, Nora Guthrie, gave Del McCoury exclusive access to the archives of her father’s unpublished work. Now, with the support of Woody Guthrie’s family, The Del McCoury Band will perform an evening of never-before-heard lyrics written by the “Dust Bowl Troubadour” set to new music by Del McCoury and including a multi-media presentation featuring Guthrie’s original words, drawings and other materials from the archives that inspired this performance. In addition, McCoury, will perform his trademark Bluegrass standards and favorites.
This April, Ronnie will join Noam Pikelny, Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla, and Barry Bales for a special evening of bluegrass in select Midwest cities. They’ll be playing small, intimate venues, so get your tickets quickly. Tickets are on sale now for the following venues:
April 9 – 20th Century Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
April 10 – Deluxe At The Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
April 11 – Sheldon Concert Hall – St. Louis, MO
April 12 – Evanston SPACE – Evanston, IL
April 13 – The Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
April 14 – The Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
Just a reminder…the Masters of Bluegrass show in Bristol, TN has been rescheduled for March 15. There are still some tickets available. Hope you’ll join us. Check out what’s in store! Masters of Bluegrass – Pain in My Heart
Del is hitting the road again with Sam Bush for their co-headlining tour and will be stopping in Charlottesville, VA (2/21), New York, NY (2/22), Derry, NH (2/23) and Norwalk, CT (2/24)! Ticket information is linked below! These special concert events include Sam and Del exchanging memories and stories, along with the impeccable Bluegrass music they have been creating for more than five decades. These are true can’t-miss experiences! Click the links below for ticket information!
The Masters of Bluegrass debut in Bowling Green at SkyPac tonight. Check out this video of a few songs their working on!