Del McCoury Band to play Englert

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 03, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City’s Burlington Street Bluegrass Band will perform with the Del McCoury Band at 8 p.m. today in the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St. Admission is $25 reserved seating.

Since he heard Earl Scruggs’ banjo in the early ’50s, McCoury began to play the banjo himself, hitting the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., bar scenes in the early ’60s. He then piloted his own group, the Dixie Pals, filling a songbook with classics remade with his own style along with his original pieces.

In 1981, McCoury’s 14-year-old son joined the Dixie Pals as its mandolin player, he was followed by his younger brother. The McCoury family was ready to head to Nashville as the Del McCoury Band.

McCoury received three-consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association, and in 1994, the quintet received the top Entertainer of the Year honors. The group received nine trophies in an 11-year stretch.

McCoury remains authentic in addition to bringing new sounds and opportunities to the audience.

— by Jessica Carbino

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