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Few can claim bluegrass bona fides as ironclad as Del McCoury’s. While still in his 20s, he backed up the legendary Blue Sky Boys and toured with Bill Monroe: the man whose unbridled need to pick up the tempo lit a fire under American hillbilly music and brought about the birth of bluegrass. It was none other than Monroe who, in the early ‘60s, recognized young McCoury’s vocal talents and encouraged him to strike out on his own. McCoury has been singing first-rate bluegrass ever since, both as a solo artist and as the leader of The Del McCoury Band. Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe is his first full-length tribute to Monroe and his legacy. Though McCoury’s keening tenor voice often sounds uncannily like Monroe’s, the interpretations on Old Memories never sound like simple copies. Rather, McCoury truly inhabits these songs. He sings them with palpable authority and a sense of grace that bears out the decades he's devoted to the study of Monroe’s art.

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Good music, good to hear the boys do some good ol' bluegrass. Good tribute to Mr. Monroe. Really like this one.


Genre: Country

Singer/guitarist Del McCoury has managed to take an old-school approach to bluegrass and give it a vitality and contemporary relevance few of his peers can match. He got his start playing with Bill Monroe in the early '60s, but by the end of the decade he began leading his own band. By the '90s, McCoury (whose band by that time included his sons Rob...
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