Interview with Del McCoury, April 20, 2010

Project: Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Oral History Project

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Del McCoury talks about his early interest in music, including a story about seeing Bill Monroe play at a drive-in theater as a child. He talks about learning to play the banjo and beginning to play with Keith Daniels & the Blue Ridge Ramblers. He talks about being hired by Bill Monroe to play guitar in his band, some of the bands he played with after leaving Bill Monroe, and beginning his own band, The Del McCoury Band. He discusses in detail records he has recorded, gigs and shows he has played, and the various musicians who have been members of his bands over the years, including his sons Rob and Ronnie. He talks about beginning his own record label, McCoury Music, and his own music festival, DelFest.

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2017oh198_ibmm022

Interviewee Name

Del McCoury

Interviewer Name

Jon Weisbargen

Interview Date

2010-04-20

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The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History has been licensed by the International Bluegrass Music Museum as the exclusive archival repository for this collection. All rights to the interviews, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, belong to the International Bluegrass Music Museum.?Interviews may only be reproduced with permission from Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky.

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McCoury, Del Interview by Jon Weisbargen. 20 Apr. 2010. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

McCoury, D. (2010, April 20). Interview by J. Weisbargen. Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

McCoury, Del, interview by Jon Weisbargen. April 20, 2010, Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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