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Delloween: Halloween weekend shows with Keller Williams announced


The Del McCoury Band

Keller Williams

And The Travelin McCourys

Friday, October 28th – Madison Theater – Covington, KY

Saturday, October 29th – Jefferson Theatre – Roanoke, VA

Tickets on sale: June 21st

Halloween: A time for costumes, sweet treats, trickery, AND quickly becoming a holiday known for hot music collaborations.  The Del McCoury Band and Keller Williams have a long history together as well as a history of cutting edge Halloween extravaganzas, so the progression to creating a Halloween event together seems only natural.  Delloween will close out the festival season with a 2 day, 2 city indoor festival on wheels with a loopless acoustic set from Keller Williams to start the night, followed by  a set with The Del McCoury Band, and ending with a special late night set featuring both The Travelin’ McCourys and Keller Williams playing together!

The Del McCoury Band, Keller Williams, and The Travelin’ McCourys are festival veterans hitting just about every major festival in the country this summer and Del even has his own festival – DelFest, so that festival spirit will be the backbone of Delloween.  All the Delloween artists are known for pushing the boundaries of music; Williams debuted his Show For Kids this summer at several heavy hitting festivals (with music from his album KIDS) while The Del McCoury Band has been touring and playing in support of the American Legacies album with Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Travelin’ McCourys have been promoting the wildly successful Bluegrass Balls series. Delloween will follow suit with innovative sets that all but erase the boundaries of a regular theatre gig.

Del McCoury Band:

Led by a living bluegrass legend (whom The Washington Post alls a “national treasure”) and featuring four immensely skilled musicians (including sons Ronnie on mandolin and Rob on banjo, with Jason Carter on fiddle and Alan Bartram on bass), The Del McCoury Band has rightfully received numerous accolades including more than three dozen International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, a Grammy, and multiple Grammy nominations.  This world-class ensemble performs original and traditional compositions with eloquent harmonies and “ferocious, purebred musicianship” (USA Today) that has earned them a wide range of fans, from their diverse group of “Del-Heads” to such respected musicians as Steve Earle, David Grisman and members of Phish and The String Cheese Incident.  In 2008, Del started his own music festival, and DelFest has quickly become one of the premiere music festivals on the east coast.  The band also regularly appears at some of the top festivals in the country including Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Bonnaroo, Philadelphia Folk Fest, High Sierra, Grey Fox, and Austin City Limits Fest.

Keller Williams

Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Keller Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his 16 recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. Williams’ solo live shows—and his ability to improvise to his determinedly quirky tunes despite the absence of an actual band—quickly became the stuff of legend, and his audience grew exponentially when word spread about this exciting, unpredictable performer. Today, whether performing as a one-man band (a stage show constructed around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs while accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar connected to a Gibson Echoplex delay system that allows him to simulate a full band), with a backing band (of which he has many – Keller and The Keels, Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe, Grunge Grass among others), or solo acoustic with simply he and his guitar, Keller always reveals himself as an artist of great stylistic breadth and infinite imagination. He is a singer, songwriter and musician, always on a quest for the new. Keller Williams has never followed the prescribed path laid out by the conventional music business but rather one of his own making. It’s a path that has served him well.

The Travelin’ McCourys

The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.

No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.

What:                  Delloween

Who:                  The Del McCoury Band, Keller Williams, and The Travelin’ McCourys

Where/When:         Friday, October 28th – Madison Theater – Covington, KY

AND Saturday, October 29th – Jefferson Theatre – Roanoke, VA

On sale date: June 21st

Your chance to be in studio while The Del McCoury Band records new album

MPI is proud to present

a live tracking session with Grammy winners


Sound Emporium Studios

May 2-4, 2011 Nashville, TN

See history in the making Monday through Wednesday May 2-4, 2011 in Nashville, TN when the The Del McCoury Band opens their studio doors to the public for the very first time. They’ll be cutting brand new material for a future release, and you can observe the process thanks to MPI: Music Producers Institute. MPI offers you the real deal; a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study record production while observing your favorite artists at work.

The band will track and record for two days in Nashville in the renowned Sound Emporium “Studio A,” where the “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack album was recorded and where Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Patty Griffin and many others have recently worked.

Del and the boys will record all day May 3-4 in “Studio A.” On Monday May 2nd MPI founder and Grammy-winner Steve Fishell will lead you through a day-long record production seminar, featuring demonstrations and lectures covering pre-production, tracking, vocals, overdubs, mixing and mastering. You’ll be totally prepared to observe Del and the band when they enter the studio the next day.

This is a master recording session and what you
hear and see will be released to the public.
It’s the real deal!

Tuition for this once-in-a lifetime session is $999

Limited to only TWELVE students

Register Here

To learn more go to www.musicpi.com
Call 615-283-0201 or email us at

The Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Release Joint Album

American music fans have an unprecedented opportunity to hear two masterful groups explore the common ground where bluegrass and jazz meet when the Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band release their collaborative American Legacies project on April 12th via McCoury Music and Preservation Hall Recordings.  Inspired by the success of the Del McCoury’s participation on 2010’s PRESERVATION, a PHJB project made with multiple artists to benefit New Orleans’ unique Preservation Hall venue and its Music Outreach Program, the set offers a dozen songs filled with deep respect and joyful virtuosity.  Complementing the release, the two groups have announced a joint tour that will feature them performing on their own and together in a groundbreaking concert experience.

With common roots in the rich musical gumbo of the American south in the 19th and early 20th centuries, bluegrass and jazz have sat alongside one another with a myriad of common influences and musical vocabularies that have nevertheless remained largely unexplored until now. American Legacies is a no-holds-barred tour of songs and sounds that sum up the simultaneous (and often intersecting) histories of two distinctively American musical forms—the jazz that has drawn music lovers from around the world to New Orleans for more than a century, and the “hillbilly jazz” of bluegrass, created more than 60 years ago by Del McCoury’s one-time employer, Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys.

Known as one of the premiere ambassadors of bluegrass, the Del McCoury Band is fronted by veteran Del McCoury,  A hero to east coast bluegrass audiences through the 1970s and 1980s, he stepped onto the national stage with a move to Nashville in the early 1990s that started the Del McCoury Band on an unprecedented streak of International Bluegrass Music Association awards and international acclaim.  Today, McCoury, along with a band that includes his sons Ron and Rob, are admired by hard-core bluegrass traditionalists and eclectic music fans and stars alike as they make appearances everywhere from the Bonnaroo Music Festival to late night network TV shows to their own popular Delfest.  For millions of fans across the US and around the world, the Del McCoury Band is simply the face of bluegrass.

Founded just a few years before McCoury joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been carrying the distinctive sound of New Orleans jazz around the world on behalf of Preservation Hall, a unique venue that embodies the city’s musical legacy.  With a cast of musicians schooled through first-hand experience and apprenticeship into the music’s historic traditions, the PHJB has served as an irreplaceable, vital link to the earliest days of one of America’s most beloved forms of popular music, evoking the spirits of times past in an ever-evolving modern context that has found them traveling around the world.

Del McCoury Contributes to Six Grammy Nominated Recordings

Traditional music master Del McCoury has earned Grammy nominations—and awards—before, but as he, his McCoury Music label and the Del McCoury Band savor the nomination of their Family Circle release for Best Bluegrass Album, a deeper look at this year’s candidates says something more about the man and his music.  For while he’s a certified living legend who took home the nation’s top traditional arts honor this year, Del McCoury is also a vital presence in today’s cutting edge bluegrass as well, appearing on another five nominated recordings, including all but one of the Best Bluegrass Album nominees.

McCoury guested with long-time friends Sam Bush (Circles Around Me) and Peter Rowan (Legacy) and joined Patty Loveless, who inducted him into Grand Ole Opry membership, on her Mountain Soul II, all nominated alongside Family Circle.  But he reached further, too, with an appearance on two country nominees as well: his duet with Dierks Bentley on U2’s “Pride (In The Name Of Love),” recorded with Punch Brothers, scored a nod for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals, while Bentley’s album, Up On The Ridge, is up for Best Country Album.

Not surprisingly, the McCoury Band’s presence on other acclaimed projects goes beyond Del; Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury and Jason Carter all played and/or sang on Loveless’s project, and  provided backing for a substantial part of long-time buddy Dierks Bentley’s album. In fact, when Bentley toured in the spring of this year to preview the album, he called on The Travelin’ McCourys—Ronnie, Rob, Jason and Del McCoury Band bassist Alan Bartram—for backing on club and listening room dates along with multiple national TV appearances.

For McCoury, being ready to help out—and keeping an open mind—just comes naturally, even as his talents are ever more widely recognized.  “His voice has become more than bluegrass—he’s just a great singer,” Ronnie McCoury proudly says, and as this year’s Grammy nominations make clear, it’s not just with his own music.

2008-10 Rob's week at IBMA

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