Del McCoury Band Concludes Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Series

The Del McCoury Band performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Thursday night (July 29) to headline the final show of this summer’s Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman concert series. In addition to taking requests and playing crowd favorites like “Nashville Cats” and “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” McCoury joked that he’s been taking it easy on the couch while his band has been touring with Dierks Bentley, who’s promoting a new bluegrass album. McCoury’s guests at the show included Ronnie Bowman, Sam Bush and John Cowan, as well as Vince Gill, who led the bluegrass series with his own show on June 24. The Steep Canyon Rangers, a traditional bluegrass band from Asheville, N.C., opened with an hour-long set and earned a standing ovation. As previously reported, McCoury will receive the National Endowment of the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship later this year for his contributions to the folk and traditional arts.