Ronnie McCoury

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Ronnie McCoury
Del McCoury Band OSMF 2013 - Ron Baker.jpg
Ronnie McCoury (mandolin) with Del McCoury Band - Old Settler's Music Festival (2013)
Background information
Born (1967-03-16) March 16, 1967 (age 50)
York County, Pennsylvania
Genres Bluegrass music
Occupation(s) Vocalist
Instruments Mandolin
Years active 1981–present
Labels McCoury Music
Associated acts Del McCoury Band
The Travelin' McCourys

Ronnie McCoury is a mandolin player, singer, and songwriter born March 16, 1967.[1] He is the son of bluegrass musician Del McCoury, and is best known for his work with the Del McCoury Band[2] and the Travelin' McCourys.[3]


Ronnie McCoury was born in York County, Pennsylvania[4] on March 16, 1967.

He was exposed to bluegrass from a young age, as his father had his own band, Del McCoury &The Dixie Pals. Ronnie lists his musical influences as Bill Monroe, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Alan O'Bryant, and The Osborne Brothers.

At the age of 9 he started taking violin lessons. He took lessons for two years before giving the violin up for sports.[5]

When he was 13, after seeing Bill Monroe perform, he decided to try the mandolin. He practiced it for six months before his dad invited him to join the Del McCoury Band. Ronnie joined the band in 1981.

Ronnie graduated from Susquehannock High School in 1985, and in 2009 he and his brother Rob both won the High School's Distinguished Alumni Award.[6]


In 1995 Ronnie and his brother Rob released a self-titled CD on Rounder Records.

In 1999, Ronnie teamed up with David Grisman to release "Mandolin Extravaganza" on the Acoustic Disc label. This CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and also won Instrumental Album of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year at the IBMA awards show in October 2000.[7]

2000 also brought along with it Ronnie's first solo project, Heartbreak Town. Along with members of the Del McCoury Band, the album is supported by appearances from Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, Bela Fleck, and Stuart Duncan.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Ronnie currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He is married to Allison Bliss, and has two sons and a daughter.


Solo recordings[edit]

With Rob McCoury[edit]

  • 1995: Ronnie & Rob McCoury (Rounder)

With The Del McCoury Band[edit]

  • 1992: Blue Side Of Town (Rounder)
  • 1993: A Deeper Shade Of Blue (Rounder)
  • 1996: The Cold Hard Facts (Rounder)
  • 1999: The Family (Ceili Music)
  • 2001: Del And The Boys (Ceili Music)
  • 2003: It's Just the Night (McCoury Music)
  • 2005: The Company We Keep (McCoury Music / Sugar Hill)
  • 2006: The Promised Land (McCoury Music)
  • 2008: Moneyland (McCoury Music)
  • 2009: Family Circle (McCoury Music)
  • 2011: American Legacies with Preservation Hall Jazz Band (McCoury Music)
  • 2011: Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe (McCoury Music)
  • 2013: The Streets of Baltimore (McCoury Music)
  • 2016: Del And Wood (McCoury Music)

As primary contributor[edit]

  • 1995: Various Artists: A Picture Of Hank: The New Bluegrass Way (Mercury Nashville) - track 10, "(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle"

As guest musician[edit]


  1. ^ Jay Orr (October 19, 2000). "McCourys Rack Up at Annual Bluegrass Awards". CMT. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  2. ^ "The Del McCoury band will play May 10". The Cedartown Standard. May 8, 2003. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  3. ^ "The Travelin' McCourys". Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  4. ^ "McCoury's Delfest bridges old-school bluegrass and other music genres...". Winnipeg Free Press. June 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-16.  Archived May 31, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b Gray, Michael (23 June 2003). "Son of Bluegrass: Ronnie McCoury, Mandolinist for the Great Del McCoury Band, Releases Debut Solo CD". CMT. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Metzger, John (1 July 1999). "Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza". Music Box. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 

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