Dispatch from Gettysburg, where Thursday was a homecoming for pickers with Pa. roots

There was an interesting theme Thursday at the 81st Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, one that bodes promising for the kids who are taking part in the festival’s bluegrass academy this weekend. The two bands that bookended Thursday’s lineup were both bands with sort of roots at the Gettysburg festival. Members of Serene Green, which was appearing at Gettysburg for the first time, and the Travelin’ McCourys, who have graced the Starling Pavilion stage many times, both[…]

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Lineup Was Less Filling, But B Chord’s Lite Version Tasted Great To DelFest Fans

Hugs were back in fashion last weekend at DelFest LIte at B Chord Brewing Company as the CDC lifted its mandatory mask advisory for vaccinated folks, especially outdoors. It wasn’t quite back to pre-covid “normal.” Greetings among old friends not seen since 2019 usually included folks’ vaccination status. Folks stopped and asked before hugging. But make no mistake, hugging was back. Which does not mean people didn’t still greet by bumping elbows. After all, the[…]

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DelFest takes “Lite” version of its Memorial Day tradition on the road

If the people can’t come to DelFest, then the McCoury family will bring DelFest to the people. That, in an oversimplified nutshell, is the story of this weekend’s DelFest Lite at B Chord Brewing in Round Hill, Va. and a pair of semi-related Del McCoury Band shows. DelFest, in its full glory, will return to Cumberland, Md. in the fall, its late September dates chosen as an alternative when concerns over the Covid pandemic created[…]

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Travelin’ McCourys DELight the Friday night crowd at the Gettysburg Bluegrass festival

It might have been around 11 p.m. Or it might have been later. Or earlier. Probably later. The Travelin’ McCourys were supposed to take the stage at 10 p.m. Friday at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. But when Russell Moore ran late in an earlier slot, then did an encore, too, things got backed up. So it was definitely later than 10 when they started. But why haggle over silly things like exact times. Let’s just[…]

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Travelin’ McCourys coming home to headline next week at Gettysburg 77

It will be a homecoming of sorts when the Travelin’ McCourys take the stage next week at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Born and raised just one county over, this is sort of old stomping grounds for the McCoury brothers. “As far back as I can remember, we would go to Gettysburg for the festivals,” says Ronnie McCoury, who was born nearby in York and began coming to the Gettysburg festivals long before he was appearing[…]

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There Is a Method to McCourys’ Album Release Madness

There was a time when it would be considered heresy for a band to release two albums on the same day. So to those brought up in times when the rules of the recording business were very different, it might have seemed unusual that both The Del McCoury Band and its jammier alter ego, The Travelin’ McCourys decided to both release their new LPs on May 25. Of course it is also usually the norm[…]

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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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