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.
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