Del McCoury Band – Tickets – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – November 9th, 2019

Del McCoury Band

True West Presents

Del McCoury Band

The Jacob Jolliff Band

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Aladdin Theater

Portland, OR

$42.50 Advance, $45 Day of Show

This event is all ages

Del McCoury Band
Del McCoury Band
Even among the pantheon of music’s finest artists, Del McCoury stands alone. From the nascent sound of bluegrass
that charmed hardscrabble hillbilly honkytonks, rural schoolhouse stages, and the crowning glory of the Grand Ole
Opry to the present-day culture-buzz of viral videos and digital streams, Del is the living link. On primetime and
late-night television talk shows, there is Del. From headlining sold-out concerts to music festivals of all genres, including one carrying his namesake, there is Del. Where audiences number in the tens of thousands, and admirers as diverse as country-rock icon Steve Earle and jamband royalty Phish count as two among hundreds, there is Del.

Emerging from humble beginnings in York County, PA nearly eighty years ago, Del was not the likeliest of candidates
for legendary status. As a teen, he was captivated by the banjo playing of one of its masters, Earl Scruggs, and
decided he’d be a banjo picker, too. The Baltimore/Washington, D.C. bar scene of the early 1960s was lively and rough. Del caught a break. More than a break, really. It was an opportunity of a lifetime; joining Bill Monroe's Blue
Grass Boys in early 1963. Considered the Father of Bluegrass, Monroe transformed McCoury, moving him from the
banjo to guitar, anointing him lead singer, and providing him with a priceless trove of bluegrass tutelage direct from
the source.

Countless hours of recording sessions and miles of tireless touring dotted the decades. Del carried on, and carried
with him the hallowed traditions of the form and its dedicated following. The passing years became certificates of
authenticity. So, in the sea of grunge and R&B that dominated the music scene of the mid-1990s, it was special,
perhaps even startling, to see: There was Del.
Now helming the Del McCoury Band, with sons Ronnie and Rob, the ensemble did and continues to represent in a
larger, growing musical community a peerless torchbearer for the entire sweep and scope of bluegrass history.
Those many years, not to mention a good-natured willingness to stay alert to the latest sounds and opportunities
around him, earned McCoury a whole new generation of fans, including in some unlikely places.

“I’m just doing what’s natural,” says Del. “When young musicians ask me what they should do I always tell them,
‘You do whatever’s inside of you. Do what you do best.’”
No surprise that contemporary, bluegrass-bred stars sang his praises; marquee names like Vince Gill and Alison
Krauss (who first met Del at a bluegrass festival when she subbed for his missing fiddler). Yet, here too was rocker
Earle recording and touring with the group. Here was Phish jamming onstage with the boys. Here was the band on
TV, or headlining rock clubs and college campuses; the can’t-miss appearances at country and jazz festivals. There
was Del.

“We don’t have a setlist,” says Del. “We try and work in the new songs, but a lot of times it’s just requests from the
audience. It’s more interesting for the band, for me, and for the audience because nobody knows what’s coming
next.”

Almost unimaginable, McCoury’s fifth decade in a half-century of bluegrass bliss brings new triumphs, new
collaborations, and new music. With but a single change in membership in twenty years The Del McCoury Band
shows unprecedented stability as well as garnering the respect and admiration of the industry for its unmistakable
work: nine IBMA Entertainer of the Year trophies; in 2003, Del’s awarded membership in the cast of the legendary
Grand Ole Opry; the band’s first Best Bluegrass Album Grammy award, in ’05, followed by a second Grammy win in
2014, (not to mention double-digit nominations).

“I know (having the same band) helped with my success. It keeps your sound constant,” says Del. “We really enjoy
what we’re doing.”

The group traveled with the groundbreaking post-O Brother "Down From The Mountain" tour, and performed with Gill,
recording on his Grammy-winning These Days, as well as country sensation Dierks Bentley. In addition to becoming
something of a regular at the wildly popular Bonnaroo Music Festival, they’ve also curated and expanded Del’s
annual namesake festival. One of the premier string-band events in the country, the multi-day, multi-stage DelFest
showcases the new lions of the genre such as Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Old Crow
Medicine Show, and legends like Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, and Bobby Osborne, plus a diversity of artists like Phish
frontman Trey Anastasio and blues-rock veterans Gov’t Mule to Americana darlings The Wood Brothers and
Rhiannon Giddens.

“DelFest is a great accomplishment,” says Del. “I never thought it would be as successful as it is.

And, when Sony Music came calling, post-Hurricane Katrina, proposing a collaboration with New Orleans’ revered
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, there was Del. If there was ever a collection of recordings confirming McCoury’s
wide-ranging impact and spirit of musical comradery, it would be American Legacies. A wonderfully fulfilling
cross-section of traditional bluegrass and the Dixieland pomp of New Orleans, the album typified the Del McCoury
Band’s evolution from bluegrass vanguard to an American treasure.

“All music is related. Bill Monroe went to New Orleans and listened to jazz players. Earl Scruggs- some of the tunes
he recorded were from New Orleans,” says Del. “It all fits together if you’re willing to be open-minded.”

And like any genuine treasure, the gifts keep coming. On their latest release, Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass- a
title that echoes his 1968 debut on Arhoolie Records, Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass- Del and the boys bring home
another stellar collection of traditional bluegrass music. With 14 songs brimming with hot licks, classic songcraft,
even some boundary-stretching electric guitar, and once again, Del’s matchless vocal delivery, the Del McCoury Band
moves up the gold bar standard of bluegrass yet another notch. “What I like in a record is variety of moods, of
tempos,” Del says. “I consider myself traditional at heart, but I don’t have any boundaries. I’m just a guy that likes to
sing and play music. Whatever strikes me to do I’ll do it. Without wrecking things.”

One listen and it’s clear as crystal. There is Del.
The Jacob Jolliff Band
The Jacob Jolliff Band
The Jacob Jolliff Band is the next generation of bluegrass supergroups, led by one of the country's premier contemporary bluegrass mandolinists.

Before joining Yonder Mountain String Band in 2015, Jacob Jolliff founded the beloved New England roots band Joy Kills Sorrow while attending Berklee School of Music on a full scholarship. The band logged three records, hundreds of shows, and thousands of miles of worldwide touring. In 2012, Jolliff had the distinctive honor of being named the National Mandolin Championship winner. A fixture of the national bluegrass community, he has collaborated and shared the stage with Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, and David Grisman to name a few. When Joy Kills Sorrow disbanded in 2014, Jolliff got the call to join progressive bluegrass giant Yonder Mountain String Band.

The Jacob Jolliff Band features a rotating cast of some of the most virtuosic and innovative young pickers in the country, including Alex Hargreaves (Grand Master Fiddle Champion, Turtle Island Quartet, Jerry Douglass), Stash Wyslouch (The Stash! Band, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, The Deadly Gentlemen), Jeff Picker (Ricky Skaggs, Sarah Jarosz), Mike Barnett (Kentucky Thunder, Deadly Gentlemen), and others.

Jacob Jolliff continues to tour extensively with Yonder Mountain String Band year round, assembling his namesake band when his schedule permits, for rare, not to to be missed performances.