The Terminal West Welcomes Mr. Del McCoury.

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Apr 052019
 

 

 

I have been around the country to see The Del McCoury band and the Traveling McCourys in all types of environments. One on my bucket list is getting up to Maryland in May for the annual DelFest, his holy Grail of festival greatness. I have many great friends that annually attend that event, and enjoy my articles, that I have never had the pleasure to shake hands with as of yet. I fully intend to soon rectify that bucket list check off.

This past year has been a very special one for Mr. Del McCoury and his family , as he celebrated his birthday by taking over the Grand Ole Opry naming it the Grand DEL Opry. That night he simultaneously honored his membership of the hallowed institute while they honored him.  We had a nice article up for that HERE.

 

The Traveling McCourys won a Grammy for best Bluegrass album of the year, and I got to finally see them perform at 3rd And Lindsley this past year, where they brought forth MANY surprise guests for jams. It’s always an absolute treat to go see people like Mr. Billy Strings and Mr. Sam Bush.

My other website contributor Mr. Joshua Wallace joined me last weekend for a GREAT weekend of music which began Friday night at the Terminal West. The iconic venue hosted a GREAT SHOW last week, which placed the band at a reasonably early time slot, and the show ended at an equally reasonable time. The venue offers pre show food options in an adjacent restaurant area, however we didn’t eat there as time was short for me running into traffic in every city I rolled through. The hotel I used this time was Comfort Inn Sandy Springs Perimeter, and was an overall nice hotel. The staff was friendly and the accommodations were VERY NICE, including a decent breakfast bar.

The very first song they opened their set with began with Mr. Jason Carter’s Ashland Kentucky fiddle, and it was from the Snapshot album, By Request album and many more. “Bluest Man In Town” was first, which is a slow and sad song of lost love, and creeping shadows during the night. “Travelin’ Teardrop Blues” was the other first song here tonight, which featured some mighty fine banjo work from the younger McCoury boy. The entire band then went into one of their instrumental breakdowns, that feature some powerful turns on leads.

Nashville Cats was next, one of my personal favorite songs he does. The very first time I got to hear that one lve was when he played Muddy Roots in 2015. He played on the wood stage that year, and tore the festival apart in everyway. But man I’ll say this, they sure sound perfect tonight here in Atlanta. “Deeper Shade Of Blue” was part of their set tonight,  as well as another instrumental they called “Backup And Push”.

“I’ll Break Out Again Tonight” features Mr. Alan Bartram on vocals, and is a great classic prison break song. Also, “That O’l Train” was next, I mean we have murder, jail, trains and moonshine…can you ask for more out a Bluegrass show?  I will always hold a special place in my heart for one of Bluegrass last TRUE living Legends.

“I Need More Time” was one of the crowd requests tonight, with an extensive as a catalogue as Mr. Del McCoury has you would think it was impending doom for him to accept songs hollered out by just anybody. He played EVERY SONG the audience called out, like the “Asheville Turnaround” , and of course one of Mr. Joshua’s favorites “Hot Wired”.

Another great prison song tonight was his classic song “Black Jack County Chains”, about the old fashioned chain gangs. He told a really funny story about a man loosing a watch. The lost and found lady’s name was Helen Hunt, and the punchline was Well If You Want Your Watch Back Go To Helen Hunt For It. It was really funny the way he presents jokes with his “Aw Shucks” demeanor, and innocent sense of humor.

‘Get Down On Your Knees And Pray” was one off his 2007 album called “Family”, which also featured “Nashville Cats”. His new 2018 album called “Del Mccoury Still Sings Bluegrass” boasted one of his closing songs called “To Make Love Sweeter For You”. Now, of course the piano was missing from this rendition of that song, but it still sounded GREAT.  He closed with a few more songs before leaving and coming back for an encore, which of course was “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”.

The wonderful staff at the Terminal West, and the AWESOME sound there in that room made this show VERY enjoyable in every way. I wanted to hear “Moneyland” , however it’s OK to not hear everything he could play. He is one of the many that could play for hOURS and STILL not touch upon EVERY good song he has!

Mr. Del McCoury Turns 80 At the Grand DEL Opry.

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Jan 182019
 

You know folks this past year I have indeed covered a LOT of things that Bluegrass Legend Mr. Del McCoury has been doing, simply because I appreciate his contributions to his craft SO MUCH. But honestly, let’s face it everyone..look what he does for the younger generation that are traveling the roads he paved. He literally has taken Mr. Billy Strings under his wings as well as other bands.

He and his entourage of masterminds have assembled one of the nation’s HOTTEST festivals in Maryland called DelFest, That has opened many doors for new artists and bands alike, and has turned MANY fans (including myself) onto some DARN GOOD bands in the Bluegrass community.

His career spans decades, and involves more people and places than I can even write in an article, but I always give it one hell of a college try. He has graced just about every Bluegrass festival I can think of including one of my favorite ( what I call) variety festivals….Muddy Roots. he played one heck of a memorable show there that year, and secured his place in Muddy history! I cover 200 festivals a year, and I can pretty much dictate what years he played what festivals.

The mighty Grand Ole Opry, I mean do I really need to elaborate on the significance of this name or this institution? I truly think that the Opry means just as much to Mr. Del as it does to all of us, and I think Mr. Del McCoury means a LOT to the Opry in return. Why, I’m almost adamant that standing inside that circle of wood means the world to Mr. Del….so now I suppose you ask WHAT is my point in this rambling?

February 13th, 2019 Mr. Del McCoury will be celebrating his 80th birthday at the Opry, and taking over the entire program, thusly it has been dubbed the Grand Del Opry! With special guests already announced being Mr. Sam Bush, Mr. Marty Stuart, The Del McCoury Band, Mr. Ricky Skaggs, The Travelin McCourys and Mr. Vince Gill. MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Please go HERE to get your tickets for this event by going HERE and there will also be pre sales, you can get them by going HERE.

Dierks Bentley and Old Crow Medicine Show will be joining Del’s birthday celebration at the Grand Ole Opry.  Don’t miss out on the biggest party of the year and get your tickets now.
We want all you Delheads to have an opportunity to experience Del at The Grand Ole Opry.  The Opry is an institution and means more to Del than any venue in the country, and everyone should visit it at least once. The Opry is offering a student discount for Del’s 80th Birthday Celebration, click the link below for buy one get one free tickets in the Opry’s student section!  Discount applies even if you are a student at heart!!!!
Apr 222018
 

As you know, I cover 175 festivals a year and many on the east coast including this festival Charm City Bluegrass which I have covered for two years now on here previous to this one. This is the sixth annual event of this particular event which is being held in the Druid Hill Park area of Baltimore Md. Here is part of their story line about the creation of this event:

Awarded the 2016 IBMA “Momentum Event of the Year,” “Best Festival” in 2015 and “Best Music Festival” in 2014 by Baltimore Magazine, the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival (CCFBF) is simply the best party in Baltimore. By combining music that gets you grooving, regional craft beers and ciders, unique and familiar foods, independent vendors, and thousands of the best people you’ll ever meet, the festival, located in one of America’s oldest landscaped public parks, simply brings out the best Baltimore has to offer.

The Baltimore Magazine and IBMA award-winning Charm City Bluegrass Festival is back in Baltimore for its 6th year! Featuring the best in national and regional talent along with a day full of world-class music, food and drinks. We’re proud to welcome back many familiar vendors including Union Craft Brewing as our exclusive beer sponsor. Join us on Friday, April 27th, 2018 and Saturday, April 28, 2018 for another amazing weekend of music and festivities in Baltimore!

We’re going to have an awesome time Saturday, but we do need lay down some ground rules. The following items will not be allowed into the festival grounds: pets, fireworks, weapons of any kind, outside food or beverages, coolers, illegal drugs. You can bring in: two unopened water bottles per person, low back chairs (in sections where allowed), small snacks for kids and baby food. Re-entry is allowed for those 21 and over. Children under 10 will be admitted free, all others need tickets. The festival is rain or shine. Finally, please use common sense. If it seems like a bad idea, then don’t do it. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, who’s ready for some bluegrass?

Parking Info: Here’s the lowdown on parking. There will be parking on-site provided by the city for $10 per car.

Low back chairs will be allowed, but only in sections where permitted on the festival grounds.

Children under the age of 10 will be admitted to the event with no charge. Tickets are required for all attendees over the age of 10.

The festival is a rain or shine event,so if you already convinced to attend please click HEREfor ticket options and purchases. so now let’s dwell on the whereabouts and what hotels are nearby?

Wilson House Bed & Breakfast
Ad 4.5

$115
3-star hotel
Refined lodging in a Victorian-era home
Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore – A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Ad 4.1

$143
3-star hotel
Elegant option with American bistro
Free Wi-Fi
Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown
4.3

$110
3-star hotel
Chic, literary-themed rooms & a bar
DEAL 25% less than usual
Motel 6 Baltimore City MD
3.0

$62
Hotel
Unpretentious motor inn with free Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi
Biltmore Suites
3.6

$83
2-star hotel
Quaint hotel in a Victorian home
Free Wi-Fi
Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore – A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
4.1

$143
3-star hotel
Elegant option with American bistro
Free Wi-Fi
La Quinta Inn & Suites Baltimore Downtown
4.0

$97
3-star hotel
Casual hotel with a gym & free breakfast
Baltimore Plaza Hotel
2.8

$76
Hotel
Unfussy lodging offering free breakfast
Hotel Brexton
4.2

$121
3-star hotel
Upmarket hotel in a storied residence
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor
3.9

$116
3-star hotel
Upscale hotel with free breakfast
Free breakfast
Hotel Revival Baltimore
3.6

$111
3-star hotel
Upscale hotel with a restaurant/bar
Free Wi-Fi
Downtown Hotel
5.0

Hotel
The Ivy Hotel
4.7

$595
Hotel
Luxe lodging with dining & a spa
Free breakfast
Crowne Plaza Baltimore Dwntn Inner Harbor
Hotel
Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor
3.5

$121
3-star hotel
Upscale option with a rooftop pool
Free breakfast
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor
4.4

$144
4-star hotel
Plush lodging in a storied building
Lord Baltimore Hotel
4.2

$131
Luxury Hotel
Upscale lodging in a historic building
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor
4.0

$119
3-star hotel
All-suites hotel with free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Delta Hotels
Hotel · E Redwood St
Brookshire Suites Inner Harbor, BW Premier Collection
3.9

$89
3-star hotel
Sleek all-suite hotel with a lobby bar
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 23% less than usual
Baltimore hotel
Hotel · 100 Hopkins Plaza
Holiday Inn Baltimore-Inner Harbor
3.7

$89
3-star hotel

So now my dear friends here is the official Charm City Lineup for 2018. This is one hell of a lineup for this area, and I fully plan to bring the website out there one day in the future.

The Devil Makes Three
The Travelin’ Mccourys
The Steeldrivers
Jeff Austin Band
Billy Strings
Larry Keel Experience
Caleb Stine
Trout Steak Revival
The Special Consensus
Front Country
Lonely Heartstring Band
Circa Blue
The Honey Dewdrops
Country Current (U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band)
Bluestone
Mile Twelve
Mountain Ride
Haint Blue
Colebrook Road
The High And Wides
A Man About A Horse

Mar 262017
 

One of my all time favorite festivals to write about that happens in the spring happens in Cumberland Maryland, and it’s called none other than Delfest. You know I LOVE ME some Del McCoury and I highly encourage you to attend the 10th annual Delfest on May 25-28th at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD.

The Del McCoury Band plays many of the festivals I cover throughout the year and it’s always nice to run into them on my website adventures. This is his own festival and never falls short of festival fun and you can purchase your tickets and passes HERE.

This is a multiple stage outdoor festival event, that is conveniently located by airports and many hotels.  The fairgrounds have permanent restrooms and showers, and we supplement the facilities with ample portable toilets. Please be courteous and take only the space you need. Roping off areas and saving space for latecomers is not acceptable festival etiquette. Camping overnight on Sunday is permitted. All patrons must leave the fairgrounds by noon on Monday. There WILL BE a family type camping area that is quieter at night, and camping IS INCLUDED in your ticket price, however you may not be camped near your vehicle due to attendance. You also have to purchase a separate parking pass to park your vehicle on the adjoining property. As always because I am a patron that requires hotels at my festivals that my website covers here are some that I found on their website and my own research.

Hotels and Motels

Fairfield Inn & Suites
21 N. Wineow St.
Cumberland, MD 21502
301.722.0340

Holiday Inn Express & Suites La Vale/Cumberland
1076 National Hwy
La Vale, MD 21502

301.729.4800

Ramada Cumberland
100 S. George Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
301.724.8800

Red Roof Inn LaVale/Cumberland
I-68 at exit #40
12310 Winchester Rd SW, LaVale, MD 21502
301.729.6700

Super 8 Motel La Vale/Cumberland Area
I-68 at Rt 53
1301 National Hwy
La Vale, MD 21502
301.729.6265

Rocky Gap Casino & Resort
16701 Lakeview Rd. NE
Flintstone (Cumberland), MD 21530
800.724.0828
301.784.8400

Frostburg Days Inn
11100 New George Creek Road
Frostburg, MD USA 21532
301.689.2050

Best Western Braddock Motor Inn
1268 National Highway
La Vale, Maryland 21502
301.729.3300

Comfort Inn & Suites
1216 National Highway
LaVale,  MD 21502
301.729.6400

Hampton Inn
11200 New George’s Creek Road
Frostburg, MD  21532
301.689.1998

Microtel Inn
70 N Tornado Way
Keyser, WV 26726
304.597.1400
toll free: 1.800.771.7171

Bed and Breakfasts/Historic Inns

The Inn On Decatur
108 Decatur Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
301.722.4887 or 240.727.7039

Town Hill Hotel Bed & Breakfast
31101 National Pike
Little Orleans, MD 21766
301.478.2794

Local Campgrounds

Rocky Gap State Park
12500 Pleasant Valley Road
Flintstone MD 21530

 

Share your DelFest Photos March 29th!

Be in the DelFest Family Album!

DelFest really is like a family reunion each year—and not just for the McCourys! Your smiling faces are a real part of the fabric of DelFest and we love to see your own special DelFest moments and memories. On that note, today, March 29th we want to turn Facebook, Twitter and Instagram into a virtual 10th Annual DelFest Family Photo Album of memories! Find your favorite DelFest memories/photos and upload them now with the #delfestfamilyreunion hashtag and tell people what you love about DelFest! Then everyone can search for and enjoy each other’s photos…and we’ll reshare some on our pages as well!

 

Del McCoury Band
The Travelin’ McCourys
Trey Anastasio Band
Gov’t Mule
Bela Fleck
Railroad Earth
Leftover Salmon
Hot Rize
The Infamous Stringdusters
Steep Canyon Rangers
Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives
Tim O Brien
The Gibson Brothers
Sierra Hull
Jeff Austin
Cabinet
Donna The Buffalo
Fruition
Sara Watkins
Noah Pikelny
Billy Strings
Joe Craven And The Sometimers
River Whyless
Dead Man Winter
Cris Jacobs
The Broomstix
Dead Winter’s Carpenters
junior Sisk And Rambler’s Choice
Dre’ And The Collective
The Ballroom Thieves
Head For The Hills
Ghost Of Paul Revere
Kitchen Dwellers
Grand Ole Ditch

 

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