Image634757289135058262Award-winning mandolinist and music producer David Grisman met Del McCoury at the first show Del ever played (on banjo) with Bill Monroe in the spring of 1963 at New York University in Greenwich Village. Three years later, Del & Dawg played their first gig together in Troy, NY at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. They both celebrated the arrival of first-born sons, Monroe Grisman and Ronnie McCoury, within a month of each other.

Grisman announced today the release of Del and Dawg - Hardcore Bluegrass in the Dawg House. The album features 16 tracks from two recording sessions with celebrated bluegrass master Del McCoury and his band. Eleven of the sixteen tracks have never been released.

This unique collection of bluegrass classics by these legendary musicians is available for download immediately at AcousticOasis.com, Grisman's digital distribution arm of his Acoustic Disc label, which he founded in 1990.

"The Del McCoury Band is arguably the best traditional bluegrass band in America, and I'm honored to have been able to share the stage with Del and the boys on various occasions over the last four decades," says Grisman.

Grisman and McCoury made the recordings in two jam sessions at Dawg studios in 1992 and 1999. McCoury's soaring tenor voice and rock solid guitar combined with Grisman's sterling mandolin picking are featured along with McCoury's two sons, Ronnie (vocals and mandolin) and Rob (five-string banjo) as well as Jason Carter (fiddle) and Mike Bub (bass.)


This unique collection of bluegrass classics, made at two Dawg studio jam sessions in the 1990s, celebrates the nearly 50-year bluegrass friendship that these two legendary musicians have shared.

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