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The Del McCoury Band

The fact that three venues in the Denver-Boulder area have booked Del McCoury over a four-day period speaks to his genre-spanning, cross-generational appeal. He's been a bluegrass frontman since 1967, but despite recording a slew of long-players for roots labels like Arhoolie and Grassound, he was forced by fiscal realities to keep day jobs in logging or construction during much of his first two decades as a bandleader. Things didn't truly begin to pick up until the early '90s, when McCoury formed an ensemble with sons Ronnie and Rob that combined the undying appeal of traditional bluegrass with a vibrancy that attracted audiences ranging from disgruntled country aficionados to jam-band boosters. Since then, he's dominated the annual International Bluegrass Music Association ceremonies; collectively and individually, he and his mates have won more than forty IBMA awards for albums such as 1993's Deeper Shade of Blue, a terrific disc on Rounder Records. He's been embraced by the Grand Ole Opry, too, but establishment honors haven't diminished his hipness. As McCoury grows older, his fans get younger -- and fortunately for the venues listed above, there are plenty of them to go around.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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