Del McCoury Band to perform at Paramount

From Staff Reports

   World-renown bluegrass act, The Del McCoury Band, will perform at 8 p.m. Monday at the Paramount Theatre in Bristol.
   The Del McCoury Band is one of the most respected traditional bluegrass bands in the business, standing today at an artistic peak matched by few in the music's history.
   As they approach their 10th anniversary together, Del and the boys continue to play a major role in the ongoing explosion of interest in bluegrass. Billboard wrote of the band: "What John Lee Hooker [was] to the blues and the Chieftains to Celtic music, the Del McCoury Band is to bluegrass -- ambassador of a genre, possessed of a deep knowledge of its roots and a desire to share it with the masses."
   The Del McCoury Band has played no small part in creating the current wave of interest in bluegrass, helping inject the music into America's mainstream. Their collaborative album, "The Mountain," with country-rocker Steve Earle in 1999, along with recent high profile gigs with popular jam bands Phish and String Cheese Incident, have won the act legions of new, appreciative fans.
   The senior McCoury is quick to point out the importance of attracting young fans to bluegrass, and relies heavily on the junior band mates to help keep it contemporary.
   The band's stop in Bristol is part of a national tour in support of their recent album, "Del and the Boys." The first single from the new album, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," a remake of Richard Thompson's Americana classic, is one of the most-added tracks at bluegrass/Americana radio stations nationwide.
   Singularly and collectively, the members of the Del McCoury Band continue to secure their place as bluegrass legends. With a total of 31 International Bluegrass Music Association awards to their credit, they've become the organization's most honored band of the last 10 years.