DelFest Announces Initial Lineup for 2020

November 21, 2019 – Cumberland, MD – DelFest, the festival brainchild of Del McCoury and his extended McCoury family now in its 13th year, in partnership with High Sierra Music, announced an initial star-studded lineup today. Held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in beautiful Cumberland, MD, Editor’s note: Occasionally we receive press release from artists’ representatives that we think would be of interest to our readers. This is such a release. DelFest originated from the[…]

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Alison Krauss tops strong bluegrass lineup announced for MerleFest

Alison Krauss, The Jerry Douglas Band, Sam Bush, Tommy Emmanuel, and Peter Rowan are among the bluegrass acts included in the initial lineup announcement for MerleFest 2020, which will be held April 23-26. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Willie Nelson was also announced as one of the headliners for the event. Editor’s note: Occasionally[…]

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Artists say a chance to pick with their friends makes DelFest special

For many music lovers, some of the highlights of festivals are always the sit-ins. It’s fun to see different artists collaborate musically. And it turns out, the musicians like it, too. Matter of fact, many of them say their favorite thing about DelFest is getting to pick with friends. That is especially the case for Ronnie McCoury, who says his best memories of DelFest over the years have been those chances to play music with[…]

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Sam Bush’s DelFest memory: Seeking shelter from the storm

Sam Bush won’t be making it to DelFest this year. The mandolin monster is recuperating from abdominal surgery and had to bow out. Before that happened, though, we had a chance to talk with Sam for another pre-DelFest preview. We were talking about DelFest memories when he shared this story. It was headed for the written equivalent of the cutting room floor when a friend made a Facebook post reminding people not to be overly[…]

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Mile Twelve, Sam Bush, Earls of Leicester, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike Among Bluegrass Acts in Intitial MerleFest Lineup

Editor’s note: Occasionally we receive press release from artists’ representatives that we think would be of interest to our readers. This is such a release.  For Immediate Release: Initial Lineup and Late Night Jam Announced for MerleFest 2019 Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. EST on Nov. 13th WILKESBORO, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2018) – MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2019, which will be held April 25-28.[…]

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Sam Bush documentary to be released Thursday on Amazon

Editor’s note: Occasionally we receive press release from artists’ representatives that we think would be of interest to our readers. This is such a release. We have not viewed the film yet, but we certainly look forward to seeing it and will share our thoughts after we do. For Immediate Release: Revival: The Sam Bush Story to be Released Digitally Nov. 1 via Amazon Written, produced, and directed by Wayne Franklin & Kris Wheeler with[…]

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Dispatch from Grey Fox: Horsing around on Saturday proved a lot of fun

It is one of Dan Whitener’s prized possessions. It is a musical instrument so special to him that he only breaks it out to play it for special occasions. Yes, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is such an occasion. “I wouldn’t want to take this outside to play, or to a festival, but this is one place where people know what it is,” said Whitener, Man About a Horse’s banjo picker, as he carefully wiped[…]

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Bluegrass Congress Lives Up to Hype, Highlighting a Great Weekend of Music at DelFest 11

Somewhere around 10:43 p.m. Sunday night, Del McCoury walked off the grandstand stage at DelFest 11, and what was an amazing weekend of eclectic music shifted into neutral. Yeah, Old Crow Medicine Show would play for another hour or so, but after they gathered around a single mic with the host of the party for a singing lesson on “Lost Highway,” Del left that stage, and we could coast. It was all downhill from there.[…]

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Del McCoury set to convene The Bluegrass Congress on the banks of the Potomac

The press releases for The Bluegrass Congress, which is set to convene in late May in Cumberland, Maryland, suggest the legendary Del McCoury personally summoned the participants by sending out invitations on hand-rolled pieces of parchment. That might conjure up a good image for marketing purposes, but according to Del himself, that is not exactly how the event, which is sure to be a highlight of the 11th Annual DelFest, came to be. Credit for[…]

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