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If there's an heir to the classic bluegrass tradition of Bill Monroe, Del McCoury is surely the man. Since the '80s, he's been guiding his family band with talented sons Ronnie and Robbie at his side. McCoury's ability to capture bluegrass' "high and lonesome" sound is matched with a desire to add fresh colors and influences to his music. The appropriately titled Deeper Shade of Blue finds him tapping into the blues with impressive results. Del's keening vocals fill tracks such as "What Made Milwaukee Famous" and "If You've Got the Money Honey" with an almost mystical sense of longing and desolation. Among the McCoury original tunes, the album's title number and "The Bluest Man in Town" throb with purebred heartache. Ronnie's mandolin and Robbie's banjo are dazzling, augmented by fiddler Tad Marks's sure-handed runs. The McCoury clan make Deeper Shade of Blue resonate with virtuosity and spirit.

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Itunes should really get their act together and combine Del McCoury and the Del McCoury band onto one artist page, as it would make finding their music a little easier on everyone. But enough complaining... Del McCoury is the reigning king of Bluegrass, irregardless of the fact that Ralph Stanley is still around. Dive right in and check him out.

Biography

Born: February 1, 1939 in Bakersville, NC

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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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