"The merging of the soulful gospel of The Lee Boys and the traditional bluegrass of McCoury left the audience begging for more" - Jambase.com
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|When The Lee Boys bring their joyous spiritual sound to the stage, audiences instantly recognize that this is not “sitting and listening” music: dancing, shouting out, and having fun are considered essential parts of their tradition. Founder and bandleader Alvin Lee explains “The inspiration and feeling that comes along with our music is the reason that people feel good. It is like the new music on the block and it’s just getting ready to explode!” It’s mostly original material, with a few standards and hymns the group “blueses up a little.” In the process, their unique sound has attracted musical artists such as Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, The Del McCoury Band, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Los Lobos, Michelle Shocked, Gov’t Mule, Derek Trucks Band w/ Susan Tedechi, The North Mississippi Allstars, Umphrey’s McGee, and Victor Wooten – all of whom have played with the Lee Boys and/or invited them to tour with them. |
The press has caught on as well, as evidenced by the USA Today review of their set at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in May 2008: “The Lee Boys, from Miami, rocked the blues tent with their rollicking 'You've Got to Move.' The song started slow and low but steadily picked up pace, taking on the feel and sound of a runaway train. As guitarist Roosevelt Collier plucked at his pedal steel guitar, an electric guitar mounted on a stand and played from a sitting position, audience members danced in the aisles, jumped up and down and waved their arms to the mounting melody.”
Their music attracts audiences from the jamband, folk, blues and Gospel worlds. They’ve performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and will continue influencing audiences worldwide with their “sacred steel”. Their 2008-09 tour calendar includes nearly 100 major festival performances, including headline stops at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Memphis in May, and the Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Austin City Limits and Philadelphia Folk Festivals, as well as Voodoo Experience, Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Bull Durham Blues Festival, Old Settlers, Delfest, Lake Eden Arts Festival, Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival, Wanee, Magnolia Fest and the Chicago Blues Festival.
|The Travelin' McCourys -- Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Rob McCoury on banjo, Jason Carter on fiddle, and Alan Bartram on bass , with featured guests on guitar and vocals, is the latest incarnation of the most awarded band in the history of bluegrass -The Del McCoury Band. Known for their individual prowess on their instruments and their rapidly expanding reputation as collaborators with the members of numerous musical icons from Vince Gill to the Allman Brothers and Phish, this touring unit blends the best of the Appalachian tradition with the improvisational magic of jazz. Unique live collaborations are the hallmark of their performances, and demonstrates why critics and musicians across the country hail them as the best bluegrass band in the world. As part of the Del McCoury Band, The McCoury’s have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry stage countless times, in turn earning themselves a spot on the Grand Ol Opry Tour in 2004. They were also on the Down from the Mountain Tour in both 2001 and 2002. They have been nominated for 6 Grammys, winning 1 for Best Bluegrass Album in 2006 and were named International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year 8 times. They have performed, recorded or toured with the likes of Phish, Warren Haynes, Steve Earle, Yonder Mountain String Band, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Nanci Griffith, the Chieftains, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, moe, David Grisman, and on the list goes on!|
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Here's what the press is saying about this awesome collaboration:
"Banjos and electric guitars roll and tumble. Harmonies parasail. Ronnie's fiery mandolin solos spit devil's gasoline against Roosevelt Collier's howling steel. Their rebirth of the Lee Boys' joyous hymnal "Let's Celebrate" nearly melted Smokin' Music during SXSW"
"When the Lee Boys came to DelFest, we hit it off and wound up jamming one night," says mandolin player McCoury . . . . "We had a really good time, and then we jammed with them for two nights in Asheville, and we found that we really play well off each other."
"On the tour, each band will perform a set before joining together for a
nightly jam session sure to rally audiences to their feet! Outstanding
local and regional players will also be invited to sit in, in a
tradition that has become a trademark of the McCoury Family."
"Thank God there are bands like the Lee Boys . . . spreading an uplifting message of salvation through music so irresistibly impressive that even the legions of hell throw their hands in the air and shake.
“…but the appearance of The Lee
Boys for a performance of ‘Celebrate’ was one of the highlights of the
first night’s show. The merging of the soulful gospel of The Lee Boys
and the traditional bluegrass of McCoury left the audience begging for
more. On a night full of musical magic, McCoury and The Lee Boys may
have out David Copperfield-ed even the most astute aural magicians.”
Lee Boys were absolutely, jaw-droppingly amazing at the 2008 Warren
Haynes Christmas Jam – in particular, when they jammed with the Del
McCoury Band, it was one of those electric, pinch-me moments music
lovers live for. The looks on both bands’ faces would suggest they were
just as amazed as the audience, too.”
of the best parts of the night was Del McCoury playing… Then the Lee
Boys came out and did this awesome version of “Celebrate” with Del
McCoury. It was neat watching a bluegrass group collide with black
gospel infused R&B. It was world peace on that stage. I loved it.”
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