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JamBase contributor Sarah Hagerman shares her take on the all-star “What The Night Brings” tribute to Jeff Austin that took place on Monday night at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.
Yonder Mountain String Band confirmed another leg of their 2020 winter tour that includes nine dates with The Travelin’ McCourys.
Phish drummer Jon Fishman, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and more joined the Del McCoury Band’s special Delebration concert at Wide Open Bluegrass.
The Del McCoury Band welcomed guitarist Billy Strings for a pair of songs on Friday at the Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival in Hamilton, Ohio.
The Del McCoury Band will be joined by a bevy of special guests for a celebration of Del McCoury’s 80th birthday in December.
The String Cheese Incident closed out their 2019 run at Red Rocks with help from the Del McCoury Band and Celtic Steps dancers on Sunday night.
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About Ronnie McCoury
Ronnie McCoury was born in York County, Pennsylvania on March 16, 1967. It was in York County that he made his home for the first 24 years of his life. In January of 1992, Ronnie and his wife Allison made the move to Nashville, TN and it is here they have resided since that time. Growing up in a house where bluegrass music was played, and always listened to, Ron had the exposure from a very young age. Many pickin’ parties were held at the house, along with rehearsals that his Dad would have with his band then, The Dixie Pals.
Like lots of other young boys, sports interested Ronnie very much. In particular, baseball and basketball. One thing he clearly remembers is the fact that his dad never pushed him to play music or never “pushed it on him” at all, leaving both Ron and Rob to choose their paths on their own. At the age of 9 he started taking violin lessons. He took the lessons for two years and gave it up for sports. He played sports all the way through high school. But when he was just 13, after attending a show with his Dad where he saw Bill Monroe perform, he decided that he wanted to play the mandolin. He practiced on it for six months and when his Dad had an opening in the band for mandolin player, he asked Ron to fill it. That was on May 28, 1981 and Ronnie has been playing with his Dad ever since. In 1995 Ronnie and Rob teamed up and put out a self-titled CD on Rounder Records. In 1998 Ronnie teamed up with David Grisman and some other great mandolin players to create the CD titled “Mandolin Extravaganza”, which made it’s appearance on the Acoustic Disc label in 1999. This CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and also won Instrumental Album of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year at the IBMA awards show in October of 2000. In 1999, Ronnie co-produced The Mountain, with Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band. 2000 also brought along with it Ronnie’s first solo project Heartbreak Town. A must hear for everyone!
Ronnie is married to Allison Bliss from Massachusetts and they have three children, Evan, Joshua and Emma. Someone once asked Ronnie what his greatest accomplishments were, musically or non and his first response was “Starting my own family”. Next in line was receiving the Grammy for “The Company We Keep”. Family life is very important to the McCourys. Having children inspired Ronnie to put out his next project, Little ‘Mo McCoury, a CD full of children’s songs done Bluegrass style.
Along with his award winning mandolin playing, Ronnie is also a singer/songwriter and producer He has recorded or performed with such diverse acts as Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Phish, Charlie Daniels, John Hartford, Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Alison Krauss, David Grisman, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, the Allman Brothers, John Paul Jones and countless others!
When Ron isn’t on stage with the Del McCoury Band or The Travelin’ McCoury’s, singing and playing mandolin, you will probably find him at home with his family. He enjoys cooking, gardening and reading. He loves to play golf, remodel and do construction work. He also enjoys picking up the guitar or maybe even the fiddle for a little musical change.
The Disco Biscuits detailed a pair of shows at the Mission Ballroom in Denver.
The 2020 MerleFest lineup has been expanded with the addition of John Prine, Billy Strings, Kelsey Waldon and more.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band will visit more than 20 cities over the course of the 2020 Wheels Of Soul tour, which also features St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Gabe Dixon.
Phish wrapped their Fall Tour 2019 with the final repeat-less show of the run that featured more debuts and bust outs.
Greensky Bluegrass welcomed Ghost Light’s Holly Bowling for a Grateful Dead classic and more to close out their two-night run at Denver’s Mission Ballroom.