Del McCoury: Enjoying The Ride

"When I’m onstage I like to entertain the people, like to talk to the people about the songs or whatever. I just really enjoy all them people.”

The summer music festival season gets into full swing around Memorial Day, with events like Sasquatch, Bottlerock Napa Valley and Bonnaroo attracting hundreds of thousands of concertgoers. Some of the performers will be tired from the road, in need of showers and performing in the same clothes they slept in the night before in a van. Meanwhile, though, at a festival a few hours northwest of Washington, D.C., a silver-haired septuagenarian will be fronting a band of crisp, stylish, suit-wearing bluegrass pickers — including his two sons — as they headline an event called DelFest. In other words, if it’s May in rural Maryland, it’s time for the Del McCoury Band and friends. Del McCoury, the namesake of DelFest, is the patriarch of said band, whose members have collectively received well over two dozen International Bluegrass Music Association awards. McCoury himself accounts for many of those awards, including as both Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, and his sons, mandolinist Ronnie and banjo player Rob, have a few awards themselves. There are also a couple Grammys in the mix. To many, Del McCoury is known as the bluegrass artist who has bridged generations, never shying away from…

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