• Tuesday , 21 November 2017

The Travelin’ McCourys Head to the Pour House

When The Travelin’ McCourys take the stage at the Charleston Pour House Friday night, September 8, you are going to want to make sure you’ve got your dancing shoes on! And whether you’re a fan of the traditional blue grass music as Del McCoury and his family have made for at least 20 years or you like to hear the innovation of newer music mixed with Ronnie McCourys’ mandolin and Rob McCourys’ banjo, as they and bassist Alan Bartram and fiddler Jason Carter collaborate with others, as they have laying down hot licks with the likes of The Allman Brothers, Phish, and Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn, (who’ll be on stage playing-in in for Rob!) you won’t want to miss music you love and thought you knew, now heard in a wholly new way too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7uyG6RrBDE

The show at the Pour House on Maybank Hwy, Friday the 8th (doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm) is being called the The Grateful Ball. And yes, it’s a take-off on The Grateful Dead, with the Jeff Austin Band playing the first set, The Travelin’ McCourys the 2nd set, and the two coming together for a 3rd set to celebrate the songs of The Grateful Dead in a way that highlights the history and lyrics of songs we love from Jerry Garcia and the gang, and adds the stylings of some of the best in the bluegrass world. It’s going to be sweet!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbhe8Aw_FnU

Let’s be grateful they’ve put Charleston on the list of places to be, as they travel, play, and sing those close harmonies. Surely, the road is not always easy but just as surely it has become almost as much a part of who they are as the occasional broken string and the callouses on their fingers. But like those rights of passage musicians make, especially ones of this caliber, this longevity, its more than something they grew up around and inside, it leaks out through every pore. Great songs, songwriters, and great musicians like The Travelin’ McCourys take us to places we know but have never been before. What a ride-along!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6OnMF20MrE

And you’ll see that, want to sing along, dance along (I’ll be clogging, I’m sure) and will no doubt stop to marvel at, as The Travelin’ McCourys make music LIVE at The Pour House Friday night, music that travels years and miles into your ears and under your skin to make you smile.

Mary Hutchins Harris
Senior Contributor At The South Carolina Music Guide
Mary Hutchins Harris is a freelance writer and poet. Her work has appeared in print and online publications including Charleston Style and Design, The Post and Courier, and Fall Lines Magazine. She teaches a course on Words and Music in Lesley University’s MFA program in Cambridge, MA. She has been a singer all her life and music is the other language she knows in her bones.

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