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- Exclusive Premiere: The Travelin' McCourys Perform 'Loose Lucy' With Sam Bush & Ricky Skaggs At 2018 DelFest
Watch The Travelin’ McCourys team with Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs and Heaven McCoury for a stellar rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Loose Lucy” at DelFest ’18.
Watch The Travelin’ McCourys performance on a recent episode of the long-running eTown radio program.
Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys and Wooden Shjips.
Watch pro-shot video of Grateful Ball performing the Grateful Dead deep cut “If I Had The World To Give” from last year’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.
The Travelin’ McCourys will be without a key member for the foreseeable future.
The legendary McCoury family have an extremely busy rest of 2017 ahead that will see Del, Rob, Ronnie and Co. perform in a variety of settings.
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Latest The Travelin’ McCourys Setlist
The Travelin' McCourys at Camp Shaw
- Passin' Thru
- Deeper Shade of Blue
- Lonesome, On'ry and Mean
- The Shaker
- Midnight Flyer
- I Live on a Battlefield
- Long Black Viel
- The Hardest Heart
- The Borderline
- The Right Hand
- Let Her Go
- Oh Why Did You Wander
Grateful Ball w/Jeff Austin
- Cumberland Blues
- Friend of the Devil
- New Speedway Boogie
- If I Had the World to Give
- The Other One
- Franklin's Tower
About The Travelin’ McCourys
The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road – and online – entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.
No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work – a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.
They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and then brought the house down at Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation only Southern Rock homecoming. Their jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and once word of the live video hit the streets, sent new fans online to watch a supercharged combination of sacred steel, R&B, and bluegrass. They’ve also performed with Warren Haynes, Phish, and have a tour scheduled with the aforementioned Lee Boys. Ronnie McCoury described it as ”peanut butter and jelly.” It was just right.
They can push forward so far because their roots are so deep. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately – the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters.
Ronnie says, ”We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.”
It’s that attitude, backed up by talent, that marks great musicians, traditional or progressive. The Travelin’ McCourys are twenty-first century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They’re onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s, but now we can see and hear that adventure live or online. Go see them, or – if you hold still long enough – they’ll come to you.
– Chris Stuart, Del Mar, California, 2009
Watch Neil Young dust off “New Mama” for the first time in over 40 years and welcome Norah Jones at Harvest Moon A Gathering.
Watch Brandi Carlile welcome Mavis Staples and The Highwomen bandmates Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Watch Greensky Bluegrass welcome Lil Smokies for “Midnight Moonlight” during their Red Rocks three-night run opener.
Watch Warren Haynes and Alison Krauss sit-in with Bonnie Raitt at last night’s Outlaw Music Festival stop in Philadelphia.
Ringo Starr will release, his 20th studio album, ‘What’s My Name,’ in October and previewed the LP by unveiling its title track.