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   Old Memories: The Songs Of Bill Monroe


Old Memories: The Songs Of Bill Monroe


The Del McCoury Band's tribute to Bill Monroe, Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe, is being released on CD just in time for the Grammy Awards. The album was previously released digitally and on vinyl in September 2011 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album in December.

The aforementioned September date, also marked the 100th anniversary of Bill Monroe's birth, and not surprisingly, there have already been plenty of tributes to the Father of Bluegrass Music, with more still to come. But when listeners turn to Old Memories: The Songs Of Bill Monroe - what they hear won't be the result of a carefully crafted campaign, but the result of a decision that was as spontaneous as it was inevitable - because for Del McCoury, Bill Monroe's legacy isn't just a matter of history, but something that's as immediate and personal as the guitar he picks up every time he gets ready to play.

Backed as always by his ace Del McCoury Band - son Ronnie on the mandolin, son Rob on the banjo, along with long-time fiddler Jason Carter and six-year veteran Alan Bartram on bass - McCoury works his way through a generous 16-track set that nods to the show he played with Monroe by starting with a quick 'Watermelon On The Vine' and concluding with a bit of a favorite closer, 'Y'all Come.' In between there are well-known classics like 'Close By' and 'Rose Of Old Kentucky,' obscurities like the Hank Williams-penned 'Alabama Waltz,' rarities like 'The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band' and 'Train 45' - Monroe was one of the few to record the tune with lyrics - and much more.

Whether they're staples of the bluegrass repertoire or resurrected rarities, what each has in common is an incomparable authenticity, bestowed in equal measure by Del McCoury's personal connection to Monroe and his music, and by his unalloyed musical integrity. And in the end, that makes Old Memories: The Songs Of Bill Monroe not just the tribute to Bill Monroe that it's intended to be, but a tribute, too, to the newest member of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame - Del McCoury.



   

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TRACK LISTING


1. Watermelon On The Vine
2. Live and Let Live
3. Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues
4. Brakeman's Blues
5. Close By
6. In Despair
7. Girl In The Blue Velvet Band
8. John Henry
9. I'm Lonesome, I'm Blue
10. Used to Be
11. Alabama Waltz
12. Lonesome Road Blues
13. Heavy Traffic Ahead
14. Train 45 (Heading South)
15. My Rose Of Old Kentucky
16. Ya'll Come

 UPCOMING TOUR DATES

 Oct 
 21 
Nashville, TN, US
Del McCoury Band with The Willis Clan at Grand Ole Opry House
 Oct 
 24 
Skokie, IL, US
Del McCoury Band at Centre East, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
 Nov 
 01 
Portland, ME, US
Béla Fleck with Bela Fleck Abigail Washburn and Del McCoury Band at Merrill Auditorium, Portland City Hall
 Nov 
 21 
Norfolk, CT, US
Del McCoury Band at Infinity Hall
 Feb 
 20 
Springfield, IL, US
Bela Fleck Abigail Washburn with Del McCoury Band at Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois
 Mar 
 13 
Stoughton, WI, US
Del McCoury Band at Stoughton Opera House
 Mar 
 26 
Roanoke, VA, US
Del McCoury Band with Hot Rize at Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center
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