The Del McCoury Band
Del and the Boys
Review by Steven Stone
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CD Stock Number: Celli Music CEIL 2006
Anyone who thinks bluegrass music is solely about doing songs performed by
dead guys, but doing ‘em faster, hasn’t heard the Del McCoury band. Their
latest album on Ricky Skagg's Celli Music label leads off with a rollicking rendition of the Richard Thompson song "'52 Vincent." This is not a tune that
you'd assume would lend itself to being a bluegrass tune, but in the hands of
Del and the boys it sounds like a natural.
The Del McCoury band is comprised of Delano Floyd "Del" McCoury on guitar and
lead vocals, his oldest son, Ron, on mandolin, younger son Rob on banjo, Mike
Bub on bass, and lastly, young fiddle wizard Jason Carter. While Del's nasal
twang gives the band a traditional backwoods sound, the instrumental pyrotechnics of the other band members are as musically modern as any
third-stream jazz combo. This combination of old time traditional forms and cutting-edge musicianship is what gives the Del McCoury band its unique
sound. Their rendition of the old jazz standard "Learning the Blues" is a case in point.
Dels' vocal delivery has a simple rustic quality that
contrasts nicely with Jason Carter's hot swing fiddle accompaniment. Another
old country chestnut, Jeannie Pruett's "Count Me Out" sparkles after the McCoury band finishes polishing it up with their tight three part harmonies.
Ronnie McCoury's original composition "Goldbrickin" has that Celtic twinge you find in many of Bill Monroe's best instrumentals.
While it's difficult to call any one band the best in a particular musical genre, the Del McCoury band are arguably the finest, most innovative
bluegrass band in the world today. Like their previous four albums, Del and the Boys is an instant classic and MUST HAVE for any bluegrass fan.
Sound Quality: 85