Del and the Boys are in town; here’s your Aladdin Theater preview!
Written by Randy Black on November 30, 2015
Viking Twang Episode 67, December 1, 2015
Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang Episode 67. My name is Randy Black, here on the first day of December and the last week of Winter term. Hope you’re all making it through the week and ready for Finals next week.
We’re privileged this week to have what many of us believe to be the best bluegrass band around in town this week. The Del McCoury Band is playing this Sunday night at the Aladdin Theater. So we’re going all Del, all hour here at Viking Twang. The second set will be a piece of a show that many of you were at, the String Summit at Horning’s Hideout in 2004. The last set will feature the modern version of the Del McCoury Band, with sons Ronnie and Robbie. First, though, we’ll get some vintage Del, starting with his time as a Blue Grass Boy. Here’s Bill to do the introductions:
1 – Turkey Red, W.C. Beck & the Portland Country Underground.
2 – Dark Hollow, Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys. From a show at Mechanics Hall in
Lawrence, Massachusetts in November, 1963. That’s Bill Keith on banjo, Joe Stuart on fiddle, and Bessie Lee Maudlin on bass; recorded by a very young David Grisman.
3 – Big Ball in Boston; Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals. From their 1973 album, High on a
Mountain, with Bill Runkle on banjo, Billy Sage on fiddle, and Del’s brother Jerry on bass.
4 – Don’t Our Love Look Natural; This is a 1988 recording of a Don Cook/Harlan Howard song
made famous by Keith Whitley.
5 – Careless Love; Del and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with Doctor John on the piano. From
the 2010 album to benefit the storied New Orleans jazz band and the venue’s music education programs.
6 – The Hit Parade of Love; Del and David Grisman. From a set of recordings the longtime friends
made in the 1990s; released in 2012.
This comes from when the band played at the Northwest String Summit at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains on June 26, 2004. The band is Del with sons Ronnie on mandolin and Robbie on banjo, with Jason Carter on fiddle and Mike Bub on bass.
7 – Travelin’ Teardrop Blues; the first song of the set.
8 – Rawhide; the Bill Monroe instrumental, kicking off the last part of the show.
9 – The Asheville Turnaround.
10 – All Aboard.
By the 1980s the Dixie Pals were gone, and Ronnie and Robbie joined the band. It went through a couple more changes before the modern version first recorded in 1992.
11 – Beauty of My Dreams; from 1992’s Blue Side of Town. A Del original.
12 – Gone But Not Forgotten; from the 2001 album, Del and the Boys.
13 – Does My Ring Burn Your Finger; from the 2009 album, Family Circle.
14 – Baltimore Jonny; a Ronnie McCoury instrumental from 1996’s The Cold Hard Facts.
15 – Once More With Feeling; the old Jerry Lee Lewis song, with Sun Records studio legend Bobby
Wood on the piano. From the lastest album, 2013’s Streets of Baltimore.
16 – I Can Hear the Angels Singing; A Don Reno song from the 2003 record, It’s Just The Night.
18 – Twang Theme; Countrypolitans.