Del McCoury: Old-School Music, New Audience

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hide captionDel McCoury, center, with sons Ronnie (left) and Rob, fiddle player Jason Carter and Mike Bub on bass.

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Del McCoury (center), with sons Ronnie and Rob and other band members.

Del McCoury, center, with sons Ronnie (left) and Rob, fiddle player Jason Carter and Mike Bub on bass.

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From 1967

Two songs from 'I Wonder Where You Are Tonight'

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  • "Hey, Hey Bartender"
  • Album: I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
  • Artist: Del McCoury
  • Label: Arhoolie
  • Released: 1968
 
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  • "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight"
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  • Label: Arhoolie
  • Released: 1968
 

From 2003

Two songs from 'It's Just the Night'

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  • "Same Kind of Crazy"
  • Album: It's Just the Night
  • Artist: The Del McCoury Band
  • Label: McCoury Music
  • Released: 1969
 
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  • "Let an Old Racehorse Run"
  • Album: It's Just the Night
  • Artist: The Del McCoury Band
  • Label: McCoury Music
  • Released: 1969
 

Something New

From his latest CD, 'The Company We Keep'

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  • "Fathers and Sons"
  • Album: Company We Keep
  • Artist: The Del McCoury Band
  • Label: McCoury Music
  • Released: 2005
 
Del McCoury with guitar

hide captionDel McCoury has been on the music scene since his days as a guitarist with bluegrass legend Bill Monroe.

Del McCoury is a throwback. A few years ago, he tired of the trappings of modern concert amplification and went retro. He had his band, which includes sons Ronnie and Rob, strip back to a basic setup he used in the early 1960s, when he played guitar and sang with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys.

But even with his old-school ways, McCoury has lately been attracting much younger audiences. He's recorded an album with Steve Earle (The Mountain) and toured with jam bands such as Phish, String Cheese Incident, and Donna the Buffalo.

A new CD, The Company We Keep is due out July 12.

"Musicians in Their Own Words" is produced by David Schulman and NPR's Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr.

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  • Artist: The Del McCoury Band
  • Label: McCoury Music
  • Released: 2005
 

High, Lonesome and Blue

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  • Album: High, Lonesome and Blue
  • Artist: The Del McCoury Band
  • Label: Rounder
  • Released: 2004
 

All-Star Bluegrass Celebration

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  • Album: All-Star Bluegrass Celebration
  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Label: Rainmaker Production
  • Released: 2004
 

I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

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  • Album: I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
  • Artist: Del McCoury
  • Label: Arhoolie
  • Released: 1968
 

It's Just the Night

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  • Album: It's Just the Night
  • Artist: The Del McCoury Band
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