Del McCoury: Old-School Music, New Audience

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

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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.

Sugar Hill Records

From 1967

Two songs from 'I Wonder Where You Are Tonight'

From 2003

Two songs from 'It's Just the Night'

Something New

From his latest CD, 'The Company We Keep'

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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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The Company We Keep

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The Company We Keep
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The Del McCoury Band
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McCoury Music
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2005

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High, Lonesome and Blue

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High, Lonesome and Blue
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The Del McCoury Band
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Rounder
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2004

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All-Star Bluegrass Celebration

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All-Star Bluegrass Celebration
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Various Artists
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Rainmaker Production
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2004

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I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

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I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
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Del McCoury
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Arhoolie
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1968

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It's Just the Night

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It's Just the Night
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McCoury Music

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