Mountain Heart meets Del McCoury

Mountain Heart’s That Just Happened radio show on WSM in Nashville airs the first Tuesday of each month from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Central). Jim Van Cleve and Josh Shilling are your jovial hosts for a program that shares a name with their most recent CD, a 7 song EP released in October 2010.

Earlier this week, their September show was broadcast, which Shilling tells us was a 100th birthday month tribute to Bill Monroe.

“We played tons of Monroe tunes by ‘The Father of Bluegrass himself as well as songs of his by other artists. Our special guests were Del and Ronnie McCoury! Not only are these guys good friends and neighbors, they’re also super successful artists themselves.

The McCourys were a monster choice for this show because Del played for Bill Monroe when Del was in his early 20s. Del told us lots of stories about touring with Monroe throughout the show, and let us in on a few special one-on-one conversations they shared. We even found an old cut to play on the show from the days Del spent in the studio with Monroe.

Del also has a project coming out very soon that’s a tribute to Monroe. Some of the stories were hilarious and then some others would literally stand the hair up on the back of your neck. We even got to pick a Monroe tune with Del and Ronnie! Jim Van Cleve and myself got to sit back and listen to the guys play and sing their butts off live there in the studio…pretty freaking awesome!”

Josh also mentioned that they are already making plans for year two of That Just Happened in 2012.

“We’ve had shows that were put together from recordings out on tour with tons of live shows and backstage content as well live shows from the WSM Studio with The Doobie Brothers, Sam Bush, Diamond Rio, and now with Del and Ronnie McCoury. We’re also scheduling one with The Band Perry and we’re putting together a ‘Men Behind The Music’ show that will feature some of the ‘A Team’ session players in Nashville.

You can listen every first Tuesday on the radio at 650 AM out of Nashville, or online at”

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John Lawless

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.