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Del McCoury Band
HSB 2005 - Del McCoury Band.jpgRonnie McCoury, Jason Carter, Robbie McCoury, Del McCoury, and Alan Bartram performing at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco, California in 2005.
Background information
Jam band
Years active1967–present
LabelsSugar Hill
Associated actsSteve Earle, Dierks Bentley
MembersDel McCoury
Ronnie McCoury
Robbie McCoury
Jason Carter
Alan Bartram

The Del McCoury Band is a Grammy award winning bluegrass band.


  • 1 History
    • 1.1 Awards
    • 1.2 Collaborations
    • 1.3 Travelin' McCourys
  • 2 Band members
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Albums
    • 3.2 Contributions
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Originally the band was called Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals with Del on guitar and his brother Jerry on bass. The band went through a number of changes in personnel until the 1980s when the band solidified its line-up, adding McCoury's sons, Ronnie and Robbie on mandolin and banjo, respectively.[1] In 1988, the "Dixie Pals" name was dropped in favor of the current name. Fiddler Tad Marks and bass player Mike Brantley joined in the early 1990s while the band became a national touring act.[2]


In 1999 the Del McCoury band was named "Entertainer of the Year" at the International Bluegrass Music Awards.[3]

In 2004 they were nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for It's Just the Night,[4] and in 2006 they won that category for The Company We Keep.[5]


The band recorded with Steve Earle on "I Still Carry You Around" on his 1997 album El Corazón.[6] They shared co-billing on his 1999 album The Mountain.[7]

The band has also often performed in recent years with The Lee Boys, with setlists mixing bluegrass, funk and gospel with extended jams on many songs.[8]

Travelin' McCourys

The Travelin' McCourys are an offshoot of the Del McCoury Band, featuring all current (2009) members of the band minus Del, augmented by guitarist Cody Kilby on live performances.[9]

The Travelin' McCourys also often play joint concerts with The Lee Boys.[8]

Band members

  • Del McCoury - guitar (1967–present)
  • Ronnie McCoury - mandolin (1981–present)
  • Rob McCoury - banjo (1987–present)
  • Jerry McCoury - bass (1967–1989)
  • Mike Brantley - bass (1989–1992)
  • Mike Bub - bass (May 1992 - June 2005)
  • Dennis Crouch - bass (July 2005 - July 2005)
  • Alan Bartram - bass (August 2005–present)
  • Billy Baker - fiddle (1967)
  • Tad Marks- fiddle (1990–1992)
  • Jason Carter - fiddle (1992–present)


  • 2007: Ronnie McCoury - Little Mo' McCoury (McCoury Music)
  • 2007: Various Artists: Song of America - "The Times They Are a-Changin'"


  1. ^ Kingsbury, Paul, The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Oxford University Press, 1998. p. 335
  2. ^ Yates, Don (31 October 1996). "Album Review: Del McCoury Band - The Cold Hard Facts". No Depression. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Bluegrass Awards Crown McCory, Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (30 October 1999). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 30–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ Smykla, Margaret (11 February 2004). "Local songwriter sees his work compete at Grammy Awards". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Endelman, Michael (17 February 2006). "The unknown Grammy winners". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Alden, Grant (31 October 1997). "Album Review: Steve Earle - El Corazon". No Depression. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  7. ^ Nelson, Chris (17 March 1999). "Steve Earle Climbs Bluegrass Mountain on New LP". MTV News. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Starrs, Chris (18 January 2009). "Travelin' McCourys, Lee Boys taking it to the road". Athens Banner-Herald. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Lawless, John (10 November 2015). "Cody Kilby leaves Skaggs for The Travelin' McCourys". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  10. ^ Shelburne, Craig (March 25, 2016). "Grand Ole Opry's Del McCoury Releasing Woody Guthrie Project". MusicRow. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 

External links

  • Discography at Discography of Bluegrass Sound Recordings
  • Official website
  • Del McCoury Band collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
  • Del McCoury Band at AllMusic
  • Del McCoury Band discography at Discogs

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