The String Cheese Incident Welcomes Del McCoury, Billy Strings & More At DelFest

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The String Cheese Incident took the stage at DelFest in Cumberland, Maryland on Friday night, where the Colorado-based jamgrass titans played two sets sprinkled with guest appearances from a number of bluegrass luminaries including the festival’s namesake, the legendary Del McCoury, his sons Ronnie McCoury and Rob McCoury, Billy Strings and more.

The star-studded first set featured Joe Craven adding percussion on “Manga” as well as Ronnie (mandolin) and Robbie (banjo) and their Del McCoury Band mate Jason Carter (fiddle) on the Billy Neshi-penned “Colorado Bluebird Sky.” That trio of guests stuck around for the SCI debut of Hank Williams’ “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” as well as a monster “Boo Boo’s Pik-A-Nik” sandwich, filled with “Take The Money And Run,” “Salt Creek,” and “Big Mon” played within. Del joined in on the fun for Leon Jackson’s “Love Please Come Home” and a return to Hank with “I Saw The Light” that closed out the set with his band mates Alan Bartram on bass and Cody Kilby on guitar.

A six-song second set followed, kicking off with a continuous block of “Hi Ho No Show,” “Way Back Home” and “Rollover.” “Black Clouds” came next, with bluegrass guitar phenom Billy Strings joining the Incident. Both Billys traded licks on the SCI jamgrass classic. The second set came to a close with “Illegal” and “Close Your Eyes” ahead of the one song encore of “I Wish.”

Check out SCI and Billy Strings performing “Black Clouds” shared by Michael Beyer below:

Setlist (via Friends Of Cheese)

Set One: Got What He Wanted > Can’t Stop Now, Manga [1], Betray The Dark, The Road Home, Colorado Bluebird Sky [2], Long Gone Lonesome Blues [2,3], Boo Boo’s Pik-A-Nik [2] > Take The Money And Run [2] > Salt Creek [2] > Take The Money And Run [2] > Big Mon [2] > Boo Boo’s Pik-A-Nik, Love Please Come Home [4], I Saw The Light [5]

Set Two: Hi Ho No Show > Way Back Home > Rollover, Black Clouds [6], Illegal > Close Your Eyes

Encore: I Wish

Notes:

  • [1] with Joe Craven on talking drum
  • [2] with Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Robbie McCoury on banjo, Jason Carter on fiddle
  • [3] Hank Williams Tune (First Time Played)
  • [4] Leon Jackson tune with Del McCoury
  • [5] Hank Williams tune with Del McCoury & Alan Bartram on bass, Cody Kilby on acoustic guitar
  • [6] with Billy Strings on acoustic guitar & vocals

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