Del McCoury, Billy Strings & Sierra Hull Join Travelin McCourys In Nashville
The guest-filled concert showcased three generations of stellar bluegrass.
The Travelin’ McCourys performed at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville on Friday night. The bluegrass outfit welcomed Del McCoury, Billy Strings and Sierra Hull halfway through their set in an amazing evening showcasing three generations of stellar bluegrass.
The sit-ins began with Billy Strings joining The Travelin’ McCoury’s for the Peter Rowan classic “Midnight Moonlight.” Bassist Alan Bartram led the band through the first two verses with mandolinist Ronnie McCoury joining him on the choruses. The extensive solo section got going with banjoist Rob McCoury followed by Ronnie. Billy would take his turn in the fourth slot and reeled off a classic Billy solo that cycled through everything from bluegrass to blues to rock riffs at a good clip before fiddler Jason Carter brought the jam home.
The standard “Long Journey Home” followed before bluegrass legend and Ronnie and Rob’s father Del McCoury joined in to play guitar and sing with his amazing voice on “I’m Afraid I Forgot The Feeling,” which appeared on The Del McCoury Band’s 2003 album, It’s Just The Night. Billy then led the way on Bill Monroe’s “Can’t You Hear Me Calling” with Del joining in on high harmonies. Next Del stepped to the mic for his own bluegrass classic, “Beauty Of My Dreams,” with Ronnie joining him on the chorus.
Mandolinist Sierra Hull, whose band opened up the show, joined the fun for an instrumental excursion that featured double fiddles, a lightning-quick solo from Strings as well a run from Hull on mando. The standard “Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms” would close out the set and saw Del, Ronnie and Billy all stepping to the mic. The Travelin’ McCoury’s, Del, Billy and Sierra would all retake the stage for an encore of the Grateful Dead’s “Loose Lucy.” Ronnie sang lead on the tune and also delivered a solo on his electric mandolin following a bluesy run from Billy before wrapping up the song and evening.
Watch video from The Travelin’ McCourys guest-filled Nashville concert below via Music City Maven: