The Streets Of Baltimore shows McCoury and his award-winning band at their most relaxed and free-form.
“I just put together a group of songs that I liked,” says Del. “And then we got into the studio and tried to make them sound good!”
As a reminder of how tightly entwined bluegrass and country music were at the time, there’s a healthy dose of songs from the country repertoire, including the title track (a 1966 country hit for Bobby Bare), “Too Many Rivers” (a crossover hit for Brenda Lee in 1965 and recorded by dozens of country singers at the time) and “Once More With Feeling,” a massive hit for Jerry Lee Lewis. And while pop and jazz fans know “Misty” as an entry in the “Great American Songbook,” Del and the boys give an affectionate nod here with a banjo-driven version of the song.
The band is among the most renowned ensembles in any kind of music, and every number on the album shows off their unmatched precision. Meanwhile, Del’s magnificent voice soars, whispers, pleads and rings out with just the right feeling for each song.
The Del McCoury Band hit the Webb Center stage on Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 pm. Click here for more information and ticket prices.