Del McCoury

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Del McCoury

American bluegrass musician add

Category: Music

Born in 1939.

Countries: United States (75%), Virginia (25%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Grammy Award, National Endowment for the Arts, Steve Martin

Linked to: The String Cheese Incident, National Endowment for the Arts, The Company We Keep




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Del McCoury was born in 1939 add something


Although originally hired as banjo player, he sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar for Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1963, with whom he first appeared on the "Grand Ole Opry" add something


McCoury briefly appeared with the Golden State Boys in 1964 before taking a series of day jobs in construction and logging, while continuing to work as an amateur musician in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania add something


In the 1980s his sons began performing with him add something


Fiddler Tad Marks and bass player Mike Brantley joined McCoury's group in early 1990s add something


Fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Mike Bub joined in 1992 add something


McCoury became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in October 2003 add something


In 2004 he was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award for "It's Just The Night", and in 2006 he won his first Grammy Award, in the same category, for "The Company We Keep" add something


Alan Bartram joined the band as bassist in 2005 add something


McCoury was one of many performers at The Clearwater Concert at Madison Square Garden on May 3, 2009 add something


In October 2009, The Del McCoury Band began offering fans recordings of their performances on USB flash drives available immediately after their concerts add something


In June 2010, he received a National Heritage Fellowship lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts and in 2011 he was elected into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame add something


The 5th annual DelFest occurred in May 2012, and major bluegrass acts played such as Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, Bela Fleck, and Sam Bush, most of which had returned from previous years at the festival add something


In 2014, McCoury was nominated and won his second Grammy Award for "The Streets of Baltimore" add something


McCoury received the Bluegrass Star award, presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, in 2015 add something