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I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
     

I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

by Del McCoury
 

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Among the most acclaimed of today’s bluegrass artists, singer-guitarist-bandleader Del McCoury can trace his current status back to unimpeachable musical roots. Playing professionally since 1957, McCoury joined Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys in the early '60s. After a short but memorable stint with the finest of all bluegrass units, McCoury set out on his own: I

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Among the most acclaimed of today’s bluegrass artists, singer-guitarist-bandleader Del McCoury can trace his current status back to unimpeachable musical roots. Playing professionally since 1957, McCoury joined Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys in the early '60s. After a short but memorable stint with the finest of all bluegrass units, McCoury set out on his own: I Wonder Where You Are Tonight, recorded in 1967, was his first album. Although cut with pickup musicians rather than a full-time unit, this debut captures all the exuberance and polish that has endeared McCoury to successive generations of bluegrass fans. The leader sounds fresh and frisky on this collection of standards, including Monroe’s “Used to Be” and Jimmy Rodgers’s “Blue Yodel,” as well as McCoury’s terrific original “Dreams.” In other words, this isn’t just an early snapshot of an emerging talent; it’s a fully satisfying work in itself.

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
McCoury's first album as a bandleader was recorded in two days in December 1967. Although he didn't have a regular band at the time, he was backed by a solid quartet (though five other musicians appear in all, with Tommy Neal and Dewey Renfro alternating on bass), three of them capable background singers as well. McCoury's vocals had the high lonesome sound for which bluegrass is esteemed, but put over with more easygoing, engaging friendliness than some slicker, flashier singers and players. The songs are a well-chosen mix of traditional standards and songs by his one-time boss Bill Monroe; the Monroe-Lester Flatt collaboration "Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong"; Johnny Bond; Kitty Wells; Jimmie Rodgers; and, on just one tune (the ballad "Dreams," one of the more pensive heartfelt numbers), McCoury himself.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297903025
catalogNumber:
9030
Rank:
94273

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