Gospel bluegrass from the Del McCoury Band
October 18, 2008 5:11 AM   Subscribe

Get Down on Your Knees, Crying Holy (Unto the Lord) with Vince Gill, and Working on a Building with Patty Loveless. Some gospel music from Del McCoury.
posted by RussHy (17 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
What's really nice about the 1st and 3rd links especially is the chance to hear those high lonesome harmonies delivered at slower tempos than you generally get in bluegrass.

Here's Del's MySpace page: six tunes there. Be sure to check Moneyland : "...it's a money disease, it's a thing called greed..."
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:43 AM on October 18, 2008

I think one reason those harmonies sound so good is that they're family: his two sons Rob and Ronnie sing with him. Funny how family harmonies can sound so good. I'm remembering the Everly brothers and the Louvins.
posted by RussHy at 7:01 AM on October 18, 2008

Patty Loveless is one of the most nuanced country singers of her generation, always in the shadow of flashier stars like Reba, but an even better singer.

Vince Gill has a beautiful voice, and is a hell of a guitar player. I've always found his styling bland, however.

Anyway, thanks for this. Good music.
posted by fourcheesemac at 7:29 AM on October 18, 2008

Is it possible for a hymn to be sexually arousing?

Lucinda Williams does "Get Right With God." (The visuals are lame, but the music is not. I promise.)
posted by Clay201 at 7:38 AM on October 18, 2008


Lucinda Williams does "Get Right With God." (The visuals are lame, but the music is not. I promise.)
posted by Clay201 at 7:39 AM on October 18, 2008 [1 favorite]

My God, she's channeling Leon Russell!
posted by RussHy at 7:48 AM on October 18, 2008

God I love this music! Oh, that banjo! And guitar plucking! wonderful. Thanks. And Vince Gill is hawt but yes bland.

Gospel Bluegrass: it ain't just for theists any more!

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, with theist horses.
posted by nickyskye at 8:05 AM on October 18, 2008

Fascinating to hear this version of Working on a Building, as the version I'd heard before was Lee Patterson's almost-acappella version. Is anything known about the origins of the song? (My googling turns up nothing)
posted by liquidindian at 8:07 AM on October 18, 2008 [1 favorite]

Git it in yer soul! Great post. I love bluegrass music, especially stuff like this. I'm a huge Bill Monroe fan. Vince is good here, but I agree - some of his other music is too produced. Shame, too.

Why is it that some of the best country artists always sound more authentic live than on their studio records? Where is that heart on their releases?
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 8:10 AM on October 18, 2008

Whenever I need a quick fix I fire up http://www.bluegrassradio.org/ ...
posted by jim in austin at 10:02 AM on October 18, 2008 [1 favorite]

Del has great hair.

Also, Vince Gill wishes he were Ricky Skaggs (not a gospel tune, sorry), and neither of them can hold a candle to Doc Watson (a cappella praise music that sends a chill down my spine, plus Alison Krauss with bed-head. Rawr.).
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:27 AM on October 18, 2008 [2 favorites]

My father's only claim to greatness is that he's from Bakersville, NC, where Del was born. Del's album with Steve Earle, The Mountain, is highly recommended.
posted by Rangeboy at 10:33 AM on October 18, 2008

I've seen Del and his boys twice. I don't like bluegrass generally, but they are awesome.
posted by everichon at 10:53 AM on October 18, 2008

Old partners, and two of the very best pickers in the business : Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice.

If you aren't familiar with Tony Rice, poking around YouTube and the interwebs will lead you to some of his extraordinary flatpicking. He's got a pretty nice voice, too.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 12:43 PM on October 18, 2008

I see angels on Aerials in leather and chrome. Dan Smith and I loaded two of these (Vincents) on a truck last summer in Pickerington Ohio. Now that my friend was a religious experience.
posted by MapGuy at 2:53 PM on October 18, 2008

I may be an atheist, but I will always wanna hear the sounds of Zion coming from the land of endless spring. Thanks for this.
posted by Countess Elena at 7:41 PM on October 18, 2008

Another great Del McCoury band tune: All Aboard, which I first heard on the radio show Mountain Stage.
posted by musicinmybrain at 9:55 AM on October 19, 2008 [1 favorite]

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