Del and Dawg - Hardcore Bluegrass in the Dawg House

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June 19, 2012 - 10:00 am

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Del and Dawg - Hardcore Bluegrass in the Dawg House

Del and Dawg - Hardcore Bluegrass in the Dawg House

San Rafael, Calif. — Award-winning mandolinist and music producer David 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, 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.)

Grisman and McCoury began what would become a life-long friendship 50 years ago when they met at McCoury's appearance with the legendary father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Del and Dawg played their first show together two years later in Troy, NY at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

John Henry
Walkin' The Dog
Highway of Regret
Save It! Save It!
A Good Woman's Love
Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
The Hit Parade Of Love
The Tennessee Waltz
Come Back To Me Little Darlin'
I'm Waiting To Hear You Call Me Darling
Unwanted Love
We Can't Be Darlings Any More
Cabin Of Love
Country Boy Rock & Roll
20/20 Vision
I'm Sitting On Top Of The World

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Joe Parker
June 19, 2012 08:27 PM
I just got this last night and took the time to listen to the whole thing this afternoon. I can't say enough about the quality of the recording and Grisman's ability to bring out the best in everyone involved. Dels playing should be a primer for anyone wanting to play guitar in a traditional bluegrass band and his singing is as good in this informal setting as anything he's done. The rest of the band is in great form and,again, the production and overall sound conveys the live feel of this get together. Mr.Grisman,as usual,is front and center but always in a good way! His mandolin playing is clean, exciting,and spontaneous and this recording showcases his unique style and tone as well as his, seemingly,unending vocabulary of double stops and Monroe inspired phrasing on this great bunch of bluegrass standards. Although David is not primarily a singer,I think he does a great job here with the harmony parts! Grisman has always been one of my favorites and I could go on,but I won't! Del and Dawg had known each other for a long time already when this was recorded but it's pretty clear,to me, that they enjoy making good music together. Highly recommended!
June 19, 2012 09:33 PM
I second what Joe said. I just purchased this tonight and I'm loving it so much I can't go to bed without giving it a complete spin. I guess I will keep wandering the halls of the Mandolin Cafe!
doc holiday
June 30, 2012 08:28 PM
i couldn't resist either....what great music & great playing