Personalities | Del McCoury | Bluegrass | Country
(Vocals, guitar, b. 1939)
Del McCoury dominated bluegrass music between 1994 and 2004, winning the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer Of The Year award eight times. His band included two of his sons – mandolinist Ronnie and banjoist Rob – trained almost from birth to play with the hard, driving rhythm and to sing in the high, lonesome wail of their father. Del learned those traits from his brief stint with Bill Monroe in the 1960s and from his decades of toiling in obscure bands. When he finally emerged, however, people couldn’t get enough of him. Steve Earle shared the credit with The Del McCoury Band on the 1999 bluegrass album The Mountain, and McCoury recorded with everyone from Leftover Salmon and Dierks Bentley to David Grisman.
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