No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives.
With fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram by the brothers’ side, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. The band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.
They can push forward so far because their roots are so deep. The band has a confidence that comes with having paid their dues with 20 years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately—the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters.
They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and brought the house down at Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation-only Southern Rock homecoming. Their jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and once word of the live video hit the streets, new fans jumped online to watch a supercharged combination of sacred steel, R & B, and bluegrass. The Travelin’ McCourys have also performed with Warren Haynes, Phish, and have a tour scheduled with the aforementioned Lee Boys. Ronnie McCoury described it as “peanut butter and jelly.” It was just right.
The Travelin’ McCourys are twenty-first-century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They’re onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s, but now you can see and hear that adventure live.
Starting at 6PM
The Americana/Bluegrass band from Sheboygan County Deadwood Chop will warm up the stage with a set you won’t want to miss!
This concert has been sponsored by Laura Kohler and Steve Proudman.