Grammy nominations update

The Del McCoury band - Image ¬© Joseph A. RosenI don’t know whether you noticed, but in the list of 2009 Grammy nominations for the Bluegrass Album of the Year award is an obscure CD featuring the Del McCoury Band live.

The 18 track album Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival consists of material recorded and produced by MunckMix using high quality digital multi-track equipment. The album is available as a CD and as downloads at JazzFestLive.com.

Performed during the Del McCoury Band set at this past year’s festival, staged at the end of April and early May (April 25-27 & May 1-4, 2008), are such favorites as Loneliness & Desperation, Nashville Cats, Rocky Road Blues, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, Queen Anne’s Lace, Get Down On Your Knees And Pray and Gone But Not Forgotten.

However the highlight of the set could be an improvised version of My Love Will Not Change that lasts over 10 minutes.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. 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.

  • I noticed that a total of 3 of the Jazz festival recordings are nominated this year alone. Possibly the MunckMix sets are brilliant recordings, or they have fans on the nominating committee, or both.
    Awesome for Del, but I favored his Moneyland CD