The Streets of Baltimore nominated for a 2013 GRAMMY AWARD

The Streets of Baltimore nominated for a 2013 GRAMMY AWARD, Best Bluegrass Album

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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)

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