More News On Mr. Del McCourry.

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Mar 172019
 

So I have been following Bluegrass Legend Mr. Del McCourry for years now, many years ago he played a GREAT show at Muddy Roots. I also recently saw him at 3rd and Lindsley where he and Grammy award winning artists The Travelin McCourrys both tore the place apart. His energetic stage shows are inspiring many younger Bluegrass artists like Mr. Billy Strings and Miss Sierra Hull, along with more Country youngsters like Miss Emi Sunshine.

He recently celebrated his birthday as he took over the Grand Old Opry HERE IS WHERE you can go read about his 80th birthday there. He has many guests and special friends show up to love on him proper, and now he even has his OWN festival every year in Maryland. DelFest is a heavily supported festival on here.

He is included in many of the nation’s festivals in many states, and they are ALL included here in one website. Festivals like The Blue Ox, Old Settler’s Music Festival, Merlefest, The Aiken Bluegrass Festival, ROMP, Grey Fox, High Sierra, Rockygrass, Whimmydiddle, and Pickin In the Pines.

DelFest just recently released their entire daily schedule and entire show program  I have included that all into this article at the bottom. I also have included some of his show dates below.

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Daily SchedulesAnnounced

Start planning your musical adventure now!

The daily grids for DelFest are now posted on our site. Enjoy our interactive scheduler where you can sort by day or by stage, view additional artist info, and even create a personalized schedule and sync to your phone or calendar.

Check out the Daily Schedule here >>

Final Lineup Additions Announced

DelFest is excited to announce the addition of The Kruger Brothers, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Bowman, Bowman & Dré, The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, and The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys! And just like that, we have ourselves the 2019 DelFest Lineup!

Single-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day Passes On Sale Now

Tickets at current discount price will be gone soon!

3-day, 2-day and single-day tickets for DelFest are on-sale now, along with Show Sherpa (hassle-free camping) and On-site Parking Passes. 4-Day Passes are on sale at the current price now through April 1st (no joke!) Get yours before prices go up. Ticket Payment Plans are available!

>>GET TICKETS HERE BY APRIL 1 TO SAVE<<

Learn to play Bluegrass from Grammy Winners, The Travelin’ McCourys!

The DelFest Academy (held just before DelFest – Sunday May 19 through Wednesday May 22) is a friendly, encouraging, and intensive four-day learning experience with some of the finest musicians in bluegrass serving as instructors for students of all levels. The Academy offers instruction for guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and dobro led by all-star instructors providing lessons to students which target their individual needs and leave ample time for plenty of one-on-one interaction. In addition to our Grammy-winning host band, The Travelin’ McCourys [Rob McCoury (banjo), Ron McCoury (mandolin), Jason Carter (fiddle), Cody Kilby (guitar), Alan Bartram (bass)], returning to teach this year will be Sierra Hull on mandolin and husband Justin Moses on dobro, along with Frank Solivan and members of Dirty Kitchen – Mike Munford (banjo) and Chris Luquette (guitar). Also returning is an academy favorite Ronnie Bowmanon guitar and vocal class joined by wife, Garnet Bowman.

Learn more about The DelFest Academy

 

Dates:

Wed, MAR 20
Del & Dawg @ South Orange Performing Arts Center
South Orange, NJ
Thu, MAR 21
Del and Dawg @ Landmark on Main Street
Port Washington, NY
Fri, MAR 22
Del & Dawg @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Troy, NY
Sat, MAR 23
Del & Dawg @ Tarrytown Music Hall
Tarrytown, NY
Thu, MAR 28
Lucas Theatre For the Arts
Savannah, GA
Fri, MAR 29
Terminal West
Atlanta, GA
Fri, APR 12
Old Settler’s Music Festival
Dale, TX
Sat, APR 20
A Little Help From My Friends show with The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Dre Anders, & Cody Kilby @ Paramount Bristol
Bristol, TN
Fri, APR 26
The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries
St. Louis, MO
Sun, APR 28
Merlefest
Wilkesboro, NC
Thu, MAY 02
City Winery
Chicago, IL
Fri, MAY 03
Stoughton Opera House
Stoughton, WI
Sat, MAY 04
Hopkins Center For the Arts
Hopkins, MN
Thu, MAY 09
Del & Dawg @ Paramount Theatre
Charlottesville, VA
Fri, MAY 10
Del & Dawg @ Grand Opera House
Wilmington, DE
Sat, MAY 11
Aiken Bluegrass Festival
Aiken, SC
Thu, MAY 23
DelFest
Cumberland, MD
Fri, MAY 24
DelFest
Cumberland, MD
Sat, MAY 25
DelFest
Cumberland, MD
Sun, MAY 26
DelFest
Cumberland, MD
Fri, JUN 07
Del & Dawg @ Camp Greensky Music Festival
Wellston, MI
Sun, JUN 09
Pagosa Folk N Bluegrass Festival
Pagosa Springs, CO
Fri, JUN 14
Blue Ox Music Festival
Eau Claire, WI
Fri, JUN 28
ROMP Festival
Owensboro, KY
Sat, JUL 06
High Sierra Music Festival
Quincy, CA
Thu, JUL 18
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Greene County, NY
Fri, JUL 19
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Greene County, NY
Sun, JUL 21
The String Cheese Incident w/The Del McCoury Band @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
Morrison, CO
Thu, JUL 25
Georgia Mountain Fair
Hiawassee, GA
Thu, JUL 25
Georgia Mountain Fair
Hiawassee, GA
Sun, JUL 28
RockyGrass
Lyons, CO
Sun, AUG 11
Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival
Alta, WY
Thu, AUG 15
Music Box Supper Club
Cleveland, OH
Fri, AUG 16
Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival @ RiversEdge Ampitheater
Hamilton, OH
Sat, AUG 17
Great Lakes Center for the Arts
Petoskey, MI
Sat, SEP 14
Del & Dawg @ Fox Tucson Theatre
Tucson, AZ
Sun, SEP 15
Del & Dawg @ Pickin’ In the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival
Flagstaff, AZ
Sat, SEP 21
Bourbon and Beyond
Louisville, KY

New Music Coming From My Friend Mr. Tilford Sellers.

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Mar 172019
 

Back a few years ago in 2014 at Muddy Roots , I finally got the chance to cover a set on the wood stage by one of local music’s most talented young men Mr. Tilford Sellers and his band The Wagon Burners. He blazed a Honky Tonk trail through the underground of Indiana and many festivals, and he loved and appreciated vintage Country music like I did. He and I had a mutual respect for one another, and our brains connected from the moment we met. We pulled over and had a lengthy conversation about our insatiable appetite for steel guitar TONE and PROPER stage attire, people like Porter Wagoner inspired him, rhinestone suits and record label stickers. He LOVED the Sun Records label and KNEW the difference in releases from MCA and RCA, like I do.

In late January 2018 Mr. Patrick Bowman AKA Tilford Sellers was killed by a tow truck driver under the influence of meth, who carelessly ran a stop sign and crashed into Mr. Patrick, and other drivers, killing him. In Columbus Indiana he was with his fiancee in his car and was killed by a man named  Ruel Pedigo, this from a news article:

Ruel Pedigo, 49, is now charged with Reckless Homicide and Causing Death While Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Blood, and Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Blood.

The charges followed a nearly four-month investigation that found Pedigo had Methamphetamine in his system when the tow truck he was driving ran into several vehicles at a stoplight on State Road 46 in late January.  The crash killed 36-year old Patrick Bowman and seriously injured Bowman’s Fiancee, Sarah Fliehman.

“Columbus Police, with the help of State Police went through airbag diagnostics, downloaded information from vehicles that were involved in the crash,” said Columbus Police Lt. Matt Harris.  “They also looked at nearby security camera footage.”

Harris says the key evidence came from a blood draw from Pedigo shortly after the crash occurred.

“When we received the results back, it showed Mr Pedigo had methamphetamine in his system” Harris said.

“Patrick was a loving fiancé, brother, son, and valued friend to many,” a family statement said.  “There are no words to describe the devastation we all feel.  Patrick’s death has left a horrible void in so many lives.”

Bowman is remembered as a talented singer-songwriter with a promising career in country music ahead of him.  Bowman performed under the stage name “Tilford Sellers” and recorded original country music with his band “Tilford Sellers & the Wagon Burners.”

“We believe Patrick would want to be remembered for his music,” the family statement said.  “Patrick was one of five nominees by the Ameripolitan Music Awards for the 2018 Honky Tonk Male Artist of the year.  His music career was looking brighter every day.”

Bowman’s family says he was in the process of recording an album at the time of his death.  That album is now set for release in late summer or early fall.  All proceeds from the album will go to a scholarship fund in his name, administered through the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County.

The fund is taking donations for the scholarship.  A link to that donation website can be found HERE.
According to Mr. Patrick’s family there will be a hearing on March 25th for the man responsible for his death, and a jury trial is scheduled for May 14th 2019.  I will be keeping an eye on the outcome of this incident, as well as the information in this article.

I am EXCITED to be one of the first press sources to release this announcement of an ALL NEW ALBUM of music from Tilford Sellers called “Another Day With You” , and this will be available on CD AND vinyl album. It will be on both black and blue vinyl, complete with detailed insert jacket. ALSO the rough version of his vocals will be made available, however the name of that has not yet been revealed. The cover of the rough vocals will be different featuring all of the musicians involved, and all of the proceeds for this project will be donated to the Patrick Bowman Memorial Music Fund administered by the Heritage Fund Of Bartholomew County, Indiana.

Thanks to Mr. Ryan Payton for capturing these songs on this forthcoming album I am about to tell you about, Mr. Ryan played steel guitar on this album as well as the electric guitar and mandolin and more. Mr. Wes Eberhardt played bass, Mr. Justin Meier played upright bass, Mr. Thom Woodward played electric guitar. Mr. Brad Wallace played drums and Mr. Jerry Miller played electric guitar and more. Tilford Sellers began recording this album in November of 2017, and was only partially completed when he was killed.

He was in the midst of being nominated for an Ameripolitan Award in Memphis for Best Honky Tonk Male, and on the day before his fatal accident he recorded the vocals for this album. I was told he only needed one take for every song, that’s how passionate he was about the lyrics.

His band rallied together and used his actual guitar and pedal systems, and his own amplifier to complete the guitar work. They spent many many hours in the studio making this album. They followed all of his actual written notes and arrangements, and played everything exactly as he would have done it.

  1.  It’s Wrong You’re Gone
  2. Tanker Full Of Tears
  3. Home Away From Broken Home
  4. She’s Coming Home
  5.  Love Is A Lie
  6. Living These Songs
  7. Ft. Worth Jail House
  8. Drunk On Your Love
  9. Heartbreak’s Door
  10. Another Day With You

Now, according to his family there will be two record release parties for this. One will be in Indianapolis and another at a location I haven’t been told about yet.  As soon as I get a link for this album to purchase I will include it on here to purchase, as I shall be purchasing it myself for sure. This statement is from social media here:

Another Day With You by the late @tilfordsellers will soon be available on colored/black LP, CD and digital download. There will also be a CD of the demo versions of each song.

All proceeds from each sale will go to the Patrick Bowman Memorial Music Fund. Recipients of this award may use the money for tuition and/or music related expenses such as music lessons, equipment, travel, studio time, etc.

Many thanks to the Bowman family, Dave Becker, Kyle Battin, Eddy Price, Ryan Payton, Lisa & Steve Thompson, Thom Woodard, Justin Meier, Brad Wallace, Jerry Miller, Wes Eberhardt, Paul Mahern and everyone else who helped bring this beautiful album to fruition.