Just over a year ago since their debut at the IBMA Award Show at the Ryman Auditorium, The Masters of Bluegrass – Del McCoury, JD Crowe, Bobby Osborne, Bobby Hicks and Jerry McCoury – will be making their last appearance together at The Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida, on December 8.
The bluegrass super-group boasts four Bluegrass Hall of Fame members and two Grand Ole Opry cast members. The quintet has played at festivals and done concert appearances; making 16 shows in all (excluding the coming show), delighting fans in North Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia and California.
Individually, they each bring decades worth of experience appearing at numerous festivals; on theatre and concert hall stages; on TV and radio; for 50 years they have carried a brightly-lit traditional bluegrass music torch wherever they have gone.
Supporting the Masters of Bluegrass at Sunday’s show are the Rambling Rooks – featuring Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith, each former Lonesome River Band members and three of the most admired and influential musicians of the past 20 years.
Here is a video showing Crowe, Osborne, Hicks and Del and Jerry McCoury rehearsing.
A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe.
He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.
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