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The Travelin' McCourys 3/12/11 + Video

The Travelin' McCourys 3/12/11
Written by Katie Moritz
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  • Date Recorded: March 12, 2011
  • Artist / Band: The Travelin' McCourys
  • Hosting Show: Down Yonder
  • Sound: Andy Coco
  • Video: Andy Coco, Ed Kleinberg and Jessica Kasström

The Travelin' McCourys are the Led Zeppelin of bluegrass, and "Quicksburg Rendezvous" is their "Stairway."

The sheer technical prowess of the quartet is demonstrated in the group's opening Live at KDHX number, rife with solos so speedy you'll have to hear them (maybe even twice) to believe.

Whether you're a bluegrass connoisseur or you couldn't tell a five-string from a frying pan, the Travelin' McCourys will have you riveted as you wonder how they play so darn fast. The band, fronted by brothers Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Robbie McCoury on banjo, is rounded out with fiddler Jason Carter and stand-up bassist Alan Bartram.

The boys have had decades of experience with their instruments. In fact, the brothers got their start in the '80s playing with their dad -- bluegrass guitar great Del McCoury ("The Old Boy" is dedicated to him) -- in the Del McCoury Band. Carter and Bartram are also members of the Del McCoury Band, which continues to record albums and play live shows.

Listen to the Travelin' McCourys' Live at KDHX performance and you just might find yourself scouring the Internet for more of their bluegrass stylings. And you'd be in luck; the band recently released their "Meeting In the Middle" EP, a collaboration with frequent tour buddies the Lee Boys.

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