Interview: Ronnie McCoury (of The Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys)

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The Del McCoury Band performs at Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis in November 2017. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Ronnie McCoury, the eldest son of bluegrass legend Del McCoury and the longtime mandolin player for The Del McCoury Band, says he’s never had this much free time in the four decades he’s been performing music.

Ronnie was just a 13-year-old kid when he got his first glimpse of his father’s buddy Bill Monroe playing the mandolin, and, not long after, he was playing gigs alongside his dad. All these years later, Ronnie’s an eight-time International Bluegrass Music Association Mandolin Player of the Year and, just last year, produced the association’s Album of the Year — “Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass” — with his dad.

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Song of the Day: “Even This Is Going to Pass” by Eliot Bronson (feat. Lori McKenna)

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Eliot Bronson (Photo courtesy Missing Piece Group)

Like a blanket offered to a shivering stranger, “Even This Is Going to Pass,” by Eliot Bronson and featuring Lori McKenna, is a welcome and warm refrain in these tough times.  The song which was just released as a single is helping to raise money for Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the United States. 

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Livestream Preview: Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift @ StageIt, 4/15/20

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Robyn Hitchcock (Photo by Emma Swift)

Tune into the fifth quarantine show by Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift, who have been performing regularly since the emergency lockdown across the nation in their series, Live from Sweet Home Quarantine, where they livestream a 30-minute concert from their home in East Nashville.

Catch Robyn and Emma on StageIt on Wednesday, April 15.

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Song of the Day: “Swim” by Maggie Miles

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Maggie Miles (Photo courtesy Big Hassle)

Maggie Miles recently released the single “Swim.” With it, the Virginia native, a favorite of DC’s Pearl Street Warehouse, wrote a tune that builds to a climax before spiraling out of control, commanding the listener’s attention with Maggie at the center of it all, struggling to stay afloat and find the strength to tread amongst the chaos of her own mind.

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Interview: Raul Malo (of The Mavericks @ The Birchmere, 7/13/20)

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Raul Malo (foreground) fronts The Mavericks (Photo by David McClister)

(Editor’s note: This show was rescheduled from March 25 due to the coronavirus threat.)

Raul Malo is best known as the frontman of critically acclaimed band The Mavericks, who uniquely fuse classic honky tonk, rockabilly, Tejano, and pop, as well as his own Cuban background. He also released a number of well-received solo albums, mainly during a period of hiatus for the band.

Parklife DC’s Mark Engleson interviewed Raul in advance of his solo date at The Birchmere on Monday, July 13. They talked about his projects, his approach to production and songwriting, his musical background and influences, and the upcoming concert.

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