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Del McCoury Band's 'Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe' Released

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 The Songs of Bill MonroeThe Del McCoury Band's bluegrass music tribute to Bill Monroe, Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe, was released on CD January 31, 2012 just in time for the Grammy Awards. The album was previously released digitally and on vinyl in September 2011 and received a Grammy nomination for "Best Bluegrass Album" in December.

September 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of Bill Monroe's birth, and not surprisingly, there have already been plenty of tributes to the Father of Bluegrass Music, with more still to come. But when listeners turn to Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe--what they hear won't be the result of a carefully crafted campaign, but the result of a decision that was as spontaneous as it was inevitable because, for Del McCoury, Bill Monroe's legacy isn't just a matter of history, but something that's as immediate and personal as the guitar he picks up every time he gets ready to play.

To celebrate this release, McCoury Music is proud to offer an autographed copy of Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe for a limited time for just $12.99. Click here to order: DEL MCCOURY BAND STORE

"I had done songs of his on different albums I made through the years," says McCoury, who served a life-changing year with Monroe's Blue Grass Boys from 1963 to early 1964. "But I'd never really thought about doing a whole album until the day we were flying home from the Grammy awards and by the time we got to Nashville, I'd made a pretty good list of what I wanted to do. I didn't want to do a lot of things that everybody had already done; I wanted to do somethings that weren't real popular but were really good. Some were songs I'd never heard him sing, some were songs that he'd sing on a show and some were songs that he sang on the record, but he made me learn the lead. And I wanted to do them in the same keys he did, because if you change that, you just don't have the same sound he had on them." The result is a set that perfectly captures the essence of Bill Monroe's music - and does it in a way that stands head and shoulders above the crowd.

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