Del McCoury Band
For over fifty years, Del McCoury’s music is a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Born in York County, Pennsylvania, Del McCoury was hooked after hearing Earl Scruggs’ banjo in the early 1950s. McCoury became a banjo picker, working the rough but lively bar scenes into the early 1960s. He joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in 1963 giving him a lifetime’s worth of bluegrass tutelage leading to the eventual formation of today’s Del McCoury Band featuring Del (guitar), and sons Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo). The band earned cast membership in the legendary Grand Ole Opry in 2003. They hold two Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Awards and nine International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) “Entertainer of the Year” trophies.