Broke Down Engine from Woody Platt, with Del McCoury

For his first single with Compass Records, former Steep Canyon Ranger Woody Platt has chosen a grassed up version of the Blind Willie McTell classic, Broke Down Engine, performed as a duet with the great Del McCoury.

After more than two decades as a Steep, Platt decided to go it alone as a solo artist last year, and has since signed with Compass for a new project expected in 2024. This single is our first taste.

Woody and Del trade lines throughout this Peidmont blues standard, with stellar and very subtle support from a crack studio band. Bryan Sutton is on guitar, Barry Bales on bass, Daren Shumaker on mandolin, and Bennett Sullivan on banjo. They deliver a track that works as both a blues and a bluegrass number. Tricky that.

Check it out…

Broke Down Engine will be available on November 10 from popular download and streaming services online. Pre-orders are enabled now.

Radio programmers will find the track at AirPlay Direct.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.