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Neat interview/pickin' Del McCoury on NPR

katlaughing 20 Oct 08 - 03:42 PM
Wesley S 20 Oct 08 - 04:00 PM
Arkie 20 Oct 08 - 04:54 PM
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Subject: Neat interview/pickin' Del McCoury in NP
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 03:42 PM

Talk of the Nation replayed an interview of Del and the "boys," taped a year ago, as part of their fundraising efforts. It's a pretty neat program. You can listen to it by Clicking HERE.

Here's a bit of the blurb:

McCoury Vid 300 Video: '1952 Vincent Black Lightning'
Video by John W. Poole and Coburn Dukehart, NPR

Del McCoury Band
EnlargePublicity Photo Courtesy of McCoury Music

The Del McCoury Band has done away with modern amplification. McCoury (far right) explains: "In the '60s we went to like eight microphones ... and I just got so fed up trying to sing with a guy who's six feet away from me."
Hear the Performance

'Man Gave Names to All The Animals'


'1952 Vincent Black Lightning'


'I'll Put On a Crown and Walk Around'


'High on a Mountain'


    "I was 11 when I heard Earl Scruggs, and I thought, 'That's what I want to do.' Those cats could play fast, and they could sing high and just do everything."

Del McCoury
The Del McCoury Band
EnlargeMcCoury Music

The Del McCoury Band, (from left): Jason Carter, Ronnie McCoury, Del McCoury (seated), Alan Bartram and Rob McCoury.
More on Del McCoury

      Jun. 12, 2006
      Crossing Over the Threshold of Bluegrass
      Jun. 13, 2006
      'Promised Land': Del McCoury's Gospel Bluegrass
      Jun. 20, 2005
      Del McCoury: Old-School Music, New Audience
      Jun. 7, 2005
      Bluegrass Music from 'Del and the Boys'
      Jun. 7, 2005
      'Del and the Boys' from the Del McCoury Band

    "Back when I was a young guy, there was Frank Sinatra on the radio, you know, and there was Bing Crosby -- you knew it was Bing. But there was nothing that excited a kid like this bluegrass music. It just had that punch."

Del McCoury
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    * Calling All 'Del Heads' —
      Talk more about bluegrass
      on Blog of the Nation

Talk of the Nation, October 18, 2007 - Several years ago, influential bluegrass musician Del McCoury decided to do away with modern concert amplification and go back to the basics: With his musical sons at his side, he returned to a two-microphone setup — a throwback to his days playing with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in the early 1960s.

Over the years, The Del McCoury Band has established itself as one of the premiere bluegrass groups, playing a mix of traditional music, gospel and their own compositions. The Del McCoury Band — with Del (guitar), Ronnie (mandolin), Rob McCoury (banjo), Jason Carter (fiddle), and Alan Bartram (acoustic bass) — performs live in Studio 4A.

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Subject: RE: Neat interview/pickin' Del McCoury on NPR
From: Wesley S
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 04:00 PM

Less IS better. I saw Deland the boys a few weeks ago. If there's a better bluegrass band out there I want to see 'em. And that Ronnie is one of the best two or three mandolin players on the planet.

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Subject: RE: Neat interview/pickin' Del McCoury on NPR
From: Arkie
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 04:54 PM

Several years ago Del's band was in Mountain View along with another bluegrass icon (not Ralph Stanley) and the BG icon's crew called a number of times about the sound system and other things. The BG icon did not mix with his band or anyone else. Del and his band were on a different night and someone from the band called once to confirm the date. I happened to be the one who was around and could talk with them and asked if they had any special needs. I was told whatever we have would be fine. Del and the band walked into the theater together and mixed and talked with everyone in a very pleasant manner and put on an unforgettable concert. Their versions of Vincent Black Lighning and The Times They Are a-Changing work extremely well. Musicianship is incredible. Del's label recent released a CD called Moneyland with a variety of artists and a variety of songs from differnt eras relating to economic issues.

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