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Del McCoury Band
Del McCoury's career in bluegrass dates back more than 50 years, and more than anyone he has taken bluegrass to new audiences. In 1963, he joined Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and started his own band the Dixie Pals in the mid-sixties.
His career really took after 1981 when McCoury’s 14-year-old son, Ronnie, joined the Dixie Pals as their mandolin player. Banjo playing younger brother Rob came on board five years later, and by the early nineties the newly named Del McCoury Band included not just his sons but a complete cast of youngsters, and his career soared.
McCoury won three consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and in 1994 the quintet began an astonishing streak of top Entertainer of the Year honors that would net them nine trophies in an 11-year stretch-along with ongoing honors for Ronnie (8 straight Mandolin Player of the Year awards), fiddler Jason Carter (three Fiddle Player of the Year trophies), and a wide array of projects featuring Del and the ensemble.
But though the 90s propelled the Del McCoury Band to the top of the bluegrass world, they also gave birth to a more startling phenomenon: the emergence of the group onto the larger musical scene as a unique torchbearer for the entire sweep of bluegrass and its history. For it turned out that the unmistakable authenticity of McCoury’s music-along with his good-natured willingness to keep alert for new sounds and new opportunities-had bred fans in some unlikely places.
The Del McCoury Band has shown unprecedented stability, with but a single change in membership in fifteen years; their namesake earned membership in the cast of the legendary Grand Ole Opry in 2003, and the Band earned their first Best Bluegrass Album Grammy award two years later.
The Del McCoury Band has graced the stages of the most successful festivals across the country (and in Canada) including Bonaroo, Stage Coach, Milwaukee Irish Festival, Telluride Bluegrass and RockyGrass (just to name a few). Their success in the festival circuit has even bred their own successful festival, Delfest, in Maryland.
McCoury is a national treasure known for his willingness to get on stage with a wide array of musicians in a range of settings. This willingness has spawned several successful collaborations including one with New Orleans all-stars, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a duo with mandolin maestro Sam Bush, and the reknowned Masters of Bluegrass (J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, Del McCoury, Jerry McCoury and Bobby Osborne).
Most recently, McCoury was involved in a ground breaking project with the family of Woody Guthrie taking never before heard lyrics of Guthrie put to music by McCoury himself.
Tommy Malone Band
Tommy Malone, formerly of the Subdudes, has released his first official solo album in 12 years, packed with appealing music in a vein reminiscent of his old group. Malone’s soulful, expressive vocals and impressive slide guitar have never sounded better. Tommy Malone is not only one of the greatest songwriters of his generation, he’s a superb guitarist and a magnificent vocalist who animates every corner of his compositions.
Malone, like so many legendary Louisiana musicians, grew up in a family of players who exposed him to every type of American roots music as well as the innovations of British rockers who turned classic R&B, blues, and country music into gold.
Over the past 40 years, Malone has been at the center of some of the most storied and often star-crossed bands in Louisiana history, beginning with the family band formed with two of his brothers, Dustwoofie.
Malone fronted The Cartoons opposite the infamously great R&B blues vocalist Becky Kury. He then backed another notorious New Orleans soul diva, Leigh “L’il Queenie” Harris. Malone went on to help develop the eccentric songwriters’ collective The Continental Drifters before becoming a charter member of the still-beloved Subdudes. Along the way he played in the well regarded one-off groups Tiny Town and Monkey Ranch as well as in a duo with his older brother Dave, The Malone Brothers.
The Tampa Collective
The Tampa Collective, a new all-star band (featuring vocalist Dre Anders), pays homage to the celebrated roots of successful and talented bands that cut their musical teeth in the Tampa Bay area, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, Charlie Daniels Band, The Outlaws and Ray Charles. Drawing from many of the best bands in the region, it’s a collaboration born of passion.
Expectations are high for this band to do for Tampa what the Miami Sound Machine did for it’s namesake and The Music City Mafia for Nashville. Live collaborations by their very nature are an edge of the seat experience…even more so when drawing on the unique talents of so many respected musicians, who are coming together to draw on the sounds of the past, yet creating something brand new.
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