Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Del McCoury Band - The Promised Land

I have just recently discovered the Del McCoury Band (thanks to my lovely wife) even though he has been a
bluegrass staple for over 40 years! Starting in the legendary Blue Grass Boys in 1963 before going solo, he has since influenced countless musicians and bands and has appeared on many festivals and TV shows. His band consists of two sons - Ronnie and Rob on mandolin and banjo respectively, along with Jason Carter on fiddle and Alan Bartram on upright bass. Their music is timeless, traditional bluegrass done with great playing and amazing, genetic harmonies. It is little wonder why he has such a strong fan base that they are known as Del-Heads!

This CD is his first-ever gospel record and he keeps his style pure here and while the message is religious, there is plenty of fun and energy and fine playing abounding. No one steps on anyone else's toes, but all of the musicianship is top-notch and the singing is pretty darn terrific.

Regardless of your religious affiliations, if you dig quality bluegrass music, check this out, along with any of Del's recordings. Fine, fine stuff!