Del McCoury At Grand Ole Opry
Born in 1939, Del McCoury developed a love of bluegrass music at a very young age. His brother first introduced him to bluegrass through the music of Flatt & Scruggs. It didn't take long for him to pick up the banjo to start playing. In 1963, he was playing rhythm guitar and singing lead vocals for Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. He made his Grand Ole Opry debut with this band in 1963. Over the next decade, Del was a part-time musician who worked as a logging truck driver as a day job to support his burgeoning family. In 1981, Del's 13-year-old son, Ronnie started playing mandolin with his father's band appropriately named the Del McCoury Band. His other son, Robbie, joined the ranks on the banjo six years later in 1987.
In the 1990s, when they began to attract a following, they relocated to Nashville to pursue music full-time. With Mike Bub on the bass guitar and Jason Carter on the fiddle, the group quickly became one of the finest bluegrass bands in Nashville and by the end of the decade they became the top winner at the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual awards.
In 2003, Del McCoury debuted the record label, McCoury Music, and released their Grammy nominated album It's Just the Night. Then on October 25, while Del was accepting his eighth International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year Award, he was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry, every country singer's dream. In June 2012, Del received a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts.