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It’s company I would invite over anytime, especially if they brought their instruments.

CD Review: The Del McCoury Band – The Company We Keep

I came to the Del McCoury Band in a very roundabout way but I am so glad I eventually found the brilliant and talented group.

Knowing the band as I now do it’s easy to see why it has won so many awards, including almost 40 from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

The performances sound flawless, the harmonizing is entrancing, and the tempo changes demonstrate this music is not nearly as easy as the band makes it sound.

Until recent years I was admittedly ignorant of bluegrass music.

I grew up in Southern California where bluegrass just is not a popular genre.

When I moved to Arkansas, and then later to Maryland, I became acquainted with the Alt-Country movement and began listening to Steve Earle, Son Volt, the Jayhawks and my two favorite bands: Wilco and Old 97s. Incidentally, those two bands both have new live albums out that I highly recommend.

It was while sampling some of these artists that I came across The Mountain. The Mountain was a collaborative project between Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band. While I have tremendous respect for Earle, it was the band that I enjoyed the most on that album.

And so it was that I decided to check out The Company We Keep, Del McCoury’s new album. The first few times I listened to it I had trouble getting used to Del McCoury’s voice because I was now accustomed to hearing Earle as the lead singer.

But with each listen I’m finding more I like, such as noticing that the first song is written from a female perspective.

Not only is this band “the company I keep” but it’s company I would invite over anytime, especially if they brought their instruments.

Track listings:
Nothing Special
Never Grow Up Boy
If Here Is Where You Are
She Can’t Burn Me Now
Untamed
Seventh Heaven
Fathers and Sons
When It Stops Hurting
Keep Her While She’s There
When Fall’s Coming Down
I Never Knew Life
Eyes That Won’t Meet Mine
Blown Away and Gone

About Scott Butki

Scott Butki was a newspaper reporter for more than 10 years before making a career change into education... then into special education. He has been doing special education work for about five years He lives in Austin. He reads at least 50 books a year and has about 15 author interviews each year and, yes, unlike tv hosts he actually reads each one. He is an in-house media critic, a recovering Tetris addict and a proud uncle. He has written articles on practically all topics from zoos to apples and almost everything in between.

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