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Coming off of two concept-oriented albums—one blending bluegrass with Dixieland jazz in collaboration with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and one paying tribute to the music of Bill Monroe—Del McCoury tackles whatever captures his fancy on The Streets of Baltimore. In the past, the master bluegrass bandleader's openminded approach has encompassed everything from Richard Thompson tunes to Steve Earle collaborations, but here his muse stays relatively closer to home. Some tracks revisit old country hits by other artists (Jerry Lee Lewis's 1970 smash "Once More with Feeling," Bobby Bare's '66 hit "The Streets of Baltimore"), and it's a kick to hear McCoury slide into a straight honky-tonk feel for the former. But on new tunes penned by Nashville's finest, like "I Wanna Go Where You Go," McCoury and his band strike the same combination of traditionalism and invention that's made them one of modern bluegrass's biggest acts. When they close with a banjo-flailing cover of The Platters' '50s doo-wop chestnut "Only You," they remind us never to assume we know what they've got in store for us next.

Customer Reviews

Great !!

Del and the boys did not disappoint what a great array of songs , my fav is "I need more time"! The best bluegrass band out there.


I need more time is a song that will be around years from now.
Del is the real deal.

Still better than anything coming out of Na$hville.

This album is strong from start to finish. Thank you Del and the boys.


Born: February 1, 1939 in Bakersville, NC

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Among the most distinguished practitioners of traditional bluegrass, Del McCoury was the epitome of the "high lonesome sound" for over three decades. Born Delano Floyd McCoury, he was raised in Bakersville, North Carolina. In 1941, he and his family moved to Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, where he got his start as a five-string banjo picker with Keith Daniels & the Blue Ridge Ramblers. Later he played with Jack Cooke's Virginia Mountain Boys in Baltimore. McCoury got his first big break in 1963 when...
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