Del McCoury is a living legend, a bluegrass icon that has managed to stay relevant, fresh and inspired throughout his 52 year career. Owning one of the most recognizable high lonesome tenors in bluegrass history, McCoury and his band have been one of the driving forces in the current bluegrass revival.

“Del McCoury is a national treasure.”- Washington Post

Del and the band’s remarkable popularity, among traditional bluegrass fans and even rock and jazz audiences, has gotten them booked on the main stages of some of the country’s biggest festivals and theatres.

McCoury, who got his big break in 1963 when the one and only Bill Monroe invited him to join his Blue Grass Boys, just celebrated his band’s 2014 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for The Streets of Baltimore. Though considered a traditional bluegrass band, Del and his band (which includes his sons, Ronnie and Rob McCoury on mandolin and banjo respectively, Jason Carter on fiddle and Alan Bartram on bass) have been anything but traditional when it comes to their collaborations. Three years ago, they recorded a universally-lauded joint album with New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In 1999, their joint record with country/folk renegade Steve Earle helped catapult Del and his band into the mainstream. On occasion, they have even performed with the veteran jam band Phish, a collaboration that brought an entirely new (and younger) demographic to their concerts. Yet despite all the flashy collaborations and high-profile appearances, what has kept The Del McCoury Band relevant and important is the sheer musicality and passion in their playing.  Del’s most recent recording, Del & Woody, came out last year and featured the band setting music to a bunch of unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics.