Review: ‘Del Mccoury Band’

Del McCoury Band (Ash Grove; 270 seats; $ 15) Promoted inhouse. Band: McCoury , Jason Carter, Rob McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Mike Bub. Reviewed Jan. 19, 1997. Grammy-nominated bluegrass star Del McCoury, who'd sung and last appeared at the old Ash Grove with Bill Monroe in the '60s, delivered a nearly two-hour set Sunday packed with instrumentals and well-chosen country revivals. The group's instrumental work is quite strong, particularly dazzling mandolin work from Rob McCoury fast, clean and imaginative and Jason Carter's bluesy fiddle. Pretty much everybody sang lead on at least one number, though of course McCoury's widely hailed vocals got the most attention. Aside from strong musicianship and McCoury's distinctive tenor voice, the group is distinguished by a repertoire that draws from obscure country hits almost as much as the bluegrass catalog. Reaching even further, their current Grammy-nominated Rounder album "The Cold Hard Facts" includes a strong version of bluesman Robert Cray's "Smoking Gun" that's even funkier in its way than Cray's original. Todd Everett

Del McCoury Band (Ash Grove; 270 seats; $ 15) Promoted inhouse. Band: McCoury , Jason Carter, Rob McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Mike Bub. Reviewed Jan. 19, 1997. Grammy-nominated bluegrass star Del McCoury, who’d sung and last appeared at the old Ash Grove with Bill Monroe in the ’60s, delivered a nearly two-hour set Sunday packed with instrumentals and well-chosen country revivals. The group’s instrumental work is quite strong, particularly dazzling mandolin work from Rob McCoury fast, clean and imaginative and Jason Carter’s bluesy fiddle. Pretty much everybody sang lead on at least one number, though of course McCoury’s widely hailed vocals got the most attention. Aside from strong musicianship and McCoury’s distinctive tenor voice, the group is distinguished by a repertoire that draws from obscure country hits almost as much as the bluegrass catalog. Reaching even further, their current Grammy-nominated Rounder album “The Cold Hard Facts” includes a strong version of bluesman Robert Cray’s “Smoking Gun” that’s even funkier in its way than Cray’s original. Todd Everett

Del Mccoury Band

Ash Grove; 270 seats; $15

Production

Promoted inhouse.

Crew

Reviewed Jan. 19, 1997.

Cast

Band: McCoury, Jason Carter, Rob McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Mike Bub
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