Grammy Award winning Bluegrass artist Del McCoury has enlisted a little help from his friends for his new album.  Set for a February 18 release, “Almost Proud” features some guest artists including long time friend Vince Gill.

The album of new songs comes from a variety of writers and has everything a Country and Bluegrass fan could want – drinking songs, cheatin’ songs,  love lost songs, and blue collar working anthems.  McCoury kept himself busy during the pandemic; he spent hours going through demo tapes to find just the right songs for the album.  McCoury said that he listened to over 200 songs, some of which he has not taken out of the box in over a decade.

The new single “Honky Tonk Nights” is out now and features vocals from friend Vince Gill.

The 82 year old Bluegrass legend has nine International Bluegrass Music Entertainer of the Year Awards, and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry

Currently McCoury shares the stage with his sons Ronnie and Rob; in the past he has performed with Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys, Dierks Bentley, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and was a part of the “O Brother Down from the Mountain” tour.

McCoury and his band has also planned a few concert dates for this year beginning at the end of the month.

Del McCoury tour dates:
Jan 29 at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts in Owings Mills, MD
Feb 10-12 at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, UT
March 5 at The Caverns in Pelham, TN
March 13 at the Southland Bluegrass and Wilderness Festival in Immokalee, FL
March 25 at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, SC
March 26 at the Spring Bluegrass Festival in Brooksville, FL

The tracklisting for “Almost Proud”:
“Almost Proud”
“Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”
“Rainbow of My Dream”
“My Little Darlin’”
“Running Wild”
“Brown Paper Bag”
“Honky TOnk Nights”
“Once Again”
“Sid Hatfield’s”
“The Misery You’ve Earned”
“Workin’ Man’s Wage”
“Other Shore”

Feature photo credit: courtesy of IVPR