The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.
No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.
They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and then brought the house down at Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation only Southern Rock homecoming. Their jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and once word of the live video hit the streets, sent new fans online to watch a supercharged combination of sacred steel, R&B, and bluegrass. They’ve also performed with Warren Haynes, Phish, and have a tour scheduled with the aforementioned Lee Boys. Ronnie McCoury described it as “peanut butter and jelly.” It was just right.
They can push forward so far because their roots are so deep. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately—the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters.
Ronnie says, “We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.”
It’s that attitude, backed up by talent, that marks great musicians, traditional or progressive. The Travelin’ McCourys are twenty-first century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They’re onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s, but now we can see and hear that adventure live or online. Go see them, or—if you hold still long enough—they’ll come to you.
For more information on The Travelin’ McCourys with Sam Bush click HERE.
For more information on The Grateful Ball with the Jeff Austin Band click HERE.
For more information on The Evolution of Bluegrass click HERE.
The Travelin' McCourys' cover of Passenger's "Let Her Go" featured in Rolling Stone
The Travelin' McCourys on Grateful Web
The Travelin' McCourys in Bluegrass Today
The Travelin' McCourys LIVE from Kinfolk (via Grateful Web)
Watch the Travelin' McCourys Gondola Sessions HERE.
Watch the Travelin' McCourys at Grey Fox 2014 HERE.
Watch the Travelin' McCourys at The Hamilton in Washington, DC, on 10/26/16 HERE
DOWNLOAD The Travelin' McCoury's live set at Grandstand Stage at Delfest 2014.
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NEW ALBUM - MAY 25, 2018 RELEASE
In a very bold step, The McCoury Family are releasing 2 brand new albums this year, not just one. The Del McCoury Band and the Travelin' McCourys will release 2 separate albums later at the start of Delfest 2018! The most awarded bluegrass family in the history of the genre is back with these new releases 4 years after The Del McCoury Band’s Grammy Award-winning "The Streets of Baltimore."