Mike Bub Leaves Del McCoury Band

Bass player Mike Bub has exited the Del McCoury Band after 13 years. His last show with the band was June 11 in Galax, Va. Bub won four International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards for bass player of the year, and the Del McCoury Band have won the entertainer of the year award eight times since 1994. The band will release the album The Company We Keep on July 12. No replacement for Bub has been announced. In a message board posting on McCoury’s official Web site, Bub called his departure “untimely, surprising and unexpected,” but added, “I leave with my full respect of Del and [McCoury’s wife] Jean and all the boys intact, and I appreciate to no end what they have done for me and my family.”