Bluegrass titan and longtime Grand Ole Opry member Del McCoury, who turns 80 years old next month, will be celebrated with a special Opry tribute featuring fellow musicians Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and the Travelin’ McCourys.
Set for February 13th, the Wednesday night event, dubbed “Grand Del Opry,” will feature McCoury and his award-winning band as well additional performers to be announced in the coming weeks.
McCoury, who turns 80 on February 1st, played the Opry for the first time in 1963 as a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. Forty years later, the iconic musician and band leader was officially inducted into Grand Ole Opry. The nine-time IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Entertainer of the Year is also a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and the creator of DelFest, the acclaimed string band festival now in its 12th year.
Set for Memorial Day weekend in Cumberland, Maryland, May 23rd through 26th, DelFest 2019 will feature McCoury and the Travelin’ McCourys, the band which includes his sons Ronnie and Rob, as well as String Cheese Incident, Trampled by Turtles, Railroad Earth, Marcus King Band, Billy Strings, Sierra Hull, the Gibson Brothers and I’m With Her, the supergroup of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. McCoury’s latest album, Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass, was released last May.
Tickets for the “Grand Del Opry” will be on sale Saturday, January 18th, at 10 a.m.