As Mother Nature was bearing down on Central Virginia Tuesday night, we found the perfect way to keep warm at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA. Warming up the stage to a sold out crowd was the sizzling combination of the Travelin’ McCourys with Jeff Autry and the Yonder Mountain String Band.
After a rip roaring first set, Jason Carter and Ronnie McCoury (of recent Grammy Award fame!) stuck around to join members of Yonder Mountain as they played two full sets late into the evening. Ronnie teased us a little first, though, asking if we wanted a preview on the as yet unannounced DelFest line up for this Memorial Day. YES! “Well…..we’ll be there,” he joked. We knew that!! I guess we’ll have to keep checking the website in the meantime.
Jason and Ronnie joined YMSB, as mandolin player Jeff Austin is home currently with his brand new baby girl. Congratulations to him and his wife! This was one of the last dates on this “combo” winter tour for these guys together, and while Jeff was missed, they’ve all clearly achieved a high level of comfort playing together, and it was a fantastic performance.