“It gives hope to everybody—fifty years is a long time to be playing music in any field. But to keep the purity that you need to do this kind of music and the drive and the energy takes a special kind of guy,” said Elvis Costello of Del McCoury. McCoury has been doing this for a while now, and his bluegrass has gained him plenty of loyal friends and supporters. His Del McCoury Band earned 9 trophies in an 11-year stretch (not to mention honors for mandolin player Ronnie McCoury and fiddler Jason Carter).
Sam Bush also has plenty to boast about. Known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, Bush has won big with the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. Pushing the limits of what we call bluegrass, Bush has infused the genre with elements of jazz, rock, blues and funk. And he’s definitely not shy to the stage. Bush has played with artists such as Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks.
This won’t be the first time these two bluegrass champs will be hitting the road together, and hopefully it won’t be the last. Their co-headlining tour will be stopping in Virginia, New Hampshire, Connecticut and luckily, New York. Del McCoury and Sam Bush will be playing at the City Winery on February 22.