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Del McCoury Interview

Jim Gates, 12/14/2001

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You know it would probably really surprise people how well we actually really do get along.

The Del McCoury Band is a family thing. Guitar player dad, Del McCoury, son Robbie on banjo, other son Ronnie on mandolin, make for two generations of some of the best bluegrass-pickers today. Rounding out the band are Jason Carter on fiddle and Mike Bud on bass. Del and the gang have been honored twenty-four times by the International Bluegrass Music Association. They've also had two Grammy nominations.

At 30, Robbie is the baby of this talented musical family. He's been playing and traveling with his older brother Ronnie most of his life.

Dad Del grew up playing on the road with bluegrass legend Bill Monroe. But when Del and his wife Jean had their first child, Rhonda, he settled down and took a day job in York County, Pennsylvania. The McCoury family grew, and when his young sons picked up instruments themselves, Del got back out on the road -- this time with his family. Del is the patriarch of this clan, but when he takes his spot on the stage each night, the line between the two generations fades.

Savvy Resources:

Del McCoury Web site

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