The deeply rooted bluegrass band The Travelin’ McCourys will be in concert at Chapman Cultural Center Friday, Feb. 26, starting at 7 p.m.
This will be the first concert in Chapman’s Bluegrass Series 2016. The next band to play will be The Steeldrivers on Saturday, April 23.
“There is definitely a fan base of bluegrass lovers in Spartanburg,” Marketing Director Steve Wong said. “We’ve had several bluegrass bands play here and every concert has been a huge success. This year, we are bringing in some of the biggest names in the world of bluegrass.”
As their name implies, The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.
No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter, bassist Alan Bartram, and newly crowned permanent guitarist Cody Kilby (formerly with Ricky Skaggs), the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.
They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and then brought the house down at Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation-only Southern Rock homecoming. Their jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and once word of the live video hit the streets, fans were online to watch a supercharged combination of sacred steel, R&B, and bluegrass. They’ve also performed with Warren Haynes, Phish, and have a tour scheduled with the aforementioned Lee Boys.
They can push the boundaries of bluegrass forward so far because their roots in the music are so deep. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with 20 years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately—the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters.
“We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad,” Ronnie McCoury said. “But we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.”
Proceeds from this concert will benefit Chapman’s “Advantage: Arts & Science” education program. This concert is sponsored by A-LINE INTERACTIVE and WNCW 88.7. Series concept and organizing force is being provided by Andrew Babb.
Tickets are now on sale for $25 each. They can be purchased online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or by telephone in the afternoons Monday-Friday at (864) 542-ARTS.