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If you’re craving a bluegrass festival but can’t commit to a days-long affair, the Travelin’ McCourys have got just the ticket. Three years ago the McCoury Family decided to create a traveling bluegrass fest and they’ve been traversing the country ever since, picking up other musicians along the way. So what’s the inspiration behind a not-so-set schedule of songs? Ronnie McCoury, son of bluegrass artist Del McCoury and the band’s current mandolin player, says, “Growing up in the music business, my dad would have people over and they’d play music.” He says that he and brother Rob, the band’s banjo player, along with the band’s two other players, Jason Carter and Alan Bartram, would have pickin’ parties and cookouts and after a while they decided to take the show on the road. Two members from bluegrass band Leftover Salmon, mandolin player Drew Emmitt and banjo picker Andy Thorn, will open the show and then take the stage with the McCourys, which Ronnie says is a natural collaboration. “That’s the beauty of bluegrass. You can be anywhere and play music everyone knows.”
— Connelly Hardaway

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