Tickets on sale Friday for Del McCoury Band at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre
ASHEVILLE | Diana Wortham Theatre | Jan 28 | TICKETS & INFO
Del McCoury Band has announced a return to Asheville on January 28, 2018, bringing their polished bluegrass sound to the Diana Wortham Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 28 at 10AM.
Born in York County, PA seventy five years ago, Del McCoury would once have seemed an unlikely candidate for legendary status. He got his first taste of the limelight when he joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in early 1963; the Father of Bluegrass moved McCoury from the banjo to guitar, made him his lead singer, and gave him a lifetime's worth of bluegrass tutelage direct from the source. Flash-forward to 1990s and the Del McCoury Band is on top of the bluegrass world, along the way giving 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. That bluegrass-bred stars like Gill and Alison Krauss (who first met Del at a bluegrass festival when she filled in for a missing fiddler of his) would sing his praises wasn't surprising, but who would have expected country-rock icons like Steve Earle or jam bands like the supremely popular Phish to have joined in the chorus? By the second half of the '90s, the acclaim-and Del's open-mindedness-put McCourys in onstage jams with Phish and on the road and in the studio with Earle, bringing the Del McCoury Band's fierce musicianship and its leader's instantaneous, easygoing connection with listeners to new arenas.
Yet while reaching out to almost unimaginable audiences, Del's music retains its signature characteristics. Del might be 76, but he's singing better than ever and showing no signs of slowing down.