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Del McCoury Band

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Del McCoury Band
Ronnie McCoury, Jason Carter, Robbie McCoury, Del McCoury, and Alan Bartram performing at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco, California in 2005.
Background information
Also known asDel McCoury and the Dixie Pals (1967–1988)
Jam band
Years active1967–present
LabelsSugar Hill
MembersDel McCoury
Ronnie McCoury
Robbie McCoury
Jason Carter
Alan Bartram

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


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] The addition of fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Mike Bub in 1992 created a lineup that was unchanged for 13 years. Bub left the band in 2005 and was replaced by Alan Bartram.


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[edit]

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[edit]

Del McCoury band at MerleFest in 2007.
Current members

Former members
  • Jerry McCoury - bass (1967–1989)
  • Billy Baker - fiddle (1967)
  • Mike Brantley - bass (1989–1992)
  • Tad Marks - fiddle (1990–1992)
  • Mike Bub - bass (May 1992–June 2005)
  • Dennis Crouch - bass (July 2005)



Year Album Peak chart positions
US Grass US Country US US Indie US Heat US Christ CAN Country
1992 Blue Side of Town
1993 A Deeper Shade of Blue
1996 The Cold Hard Facts
1999 The Mountain (with Steve Earle) 19 133 14
The Family
2001 Del and The Boys 11 50
2003 It's Just the Night 4 47 32 48
2005 The Company We Keep 2 59
2006 The Promised Land 2 61 46 39 24
2008 Moneyland 1 51
2009 Family Circle 4
2011 American Legacies
(with Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
2012 Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe 6
2013 The Streets of Baltimore 5 69
2016 Del and Woody[10] 1 42 17
2017 Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass[11]
2022 Almost Proud
"—" denotes releases that failed to chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2003 "My Love Will Not Change"
2003 "She Can't Burn Me Now"



  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. Archived from the original on 18 April 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  3. ^ Bluegrass Awards Crown McCoury, Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (30 October 1999). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 30–. ISSN 0006-2510. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  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.
  11. ^ "How String Music Pioneer del McCoury Breaks Bluegrass Rules on New Album". Rolling Stone. 22 May 2018.

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