The Travelin’ McCourys


No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.

They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and then brought the house down at Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation only Southern Rock homecoming.  Their jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and once word of the live video hit the streets, sent new fans online to watch a supercharged combination of sacred steel, R&B, and bluegrass. They’ve also performed with Warren Haynes, Phish, and have a tour scheduled with the aforementioned Lee Boys. Ronnie McCoury described it as “peanut butter and jelly.” It was just right.

They can push forward so far because their roots are so deep. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately—the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters.

Ronnie says, “We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.”

It’s that attitude, backed up by talent, that marks great musicians, traditional or progressive. The Travelin’ McCourys are twenty-first century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They’re onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s, but now we can see and hear that adventure live or online. Go see them, or—if you hold still long enough—they’ll come to you.

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Press Clippings

The Travelin’ McCourys Preview “Borderline” from Forthcoming Album (Relix)

The Travelin’ McCourys Break the Bounds of Bluegrass (Behind the Set List)

The Travelin’ McCourys bring bluegrass legacy to Bend (Bend Bulletin)

The Travelin’ McCourys making a name for themselves in bluegrass world (The Spokesman Review)

The Travelin’ McCourys are bluegrass royalty who don’t always stick to bluegrass (Inlander)

Q&A: Ronnie McCoury on Florida, Family and the Future of Bluegrass (The Poke Around)

Travelin’ McCourys rooted in tradition, pushing bluegrass’ boundaries (Herald Tribune)


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Tour Dates

April 5 — Cambridge, MA — The Grateful Ball: The Sinclair

April 6 — Plymouth, NH — The Grateful Ball: The Flying Monkey

April 7 – Stratton, VT – Green Mountain Get Down

April 14 — Las Vegas, NV — Bender Jamboree

April 19 – Dale, TX – Old Settlers Music Festival

April 27 – Baltimore, MD – Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival

May 3 — Greer, SC — The Spinning Jenny

May 4 — Lexington, VA — Lime Kiln Theater

May 5 – Hot Springs, NC – French Broad River Festival

May 11 — Greensboro, NC — The Blind Tiger

May 12 — Newport News, VA — Boathouse Live

May 16 — Nashville, TN — Roots on the Road @ City Winery

June 2 — Angola, IN — BLR Americana Music & Arts Festival

June 9 – Galax, VA – Houston Fest Galax

June 29 — Owensboro, KY — ROMP Fest

July 6 — Saint Clair, MO — Pickin’ on Picknic

July 14 — San Francisco, CA — Miner Auditorium

July 14 — San Francisco, CA — SF Jazz

August 5 — Stony Plain, AB Canada — Blueberry Bluegrass Festival

August 24 — Decatur, GA — Eddie’s Attic

August 25 — Black Mountain, NC — Jam in the Trees

September 1 — Tuolumne, CA — Strawberry Music Festival

September 2 — Tuolumne, CA — Strawberry Music Festival  

September 14 — Flagstaff, AZ — Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival