Fans who have been streaming American Legacies, the collaboration between bluegrass music's legendary Del McCoury Band and New Orleans music giants, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, can finally snag a copy of the album for themselves, as the set has been released in multiple configurations designed to appeal to casual listeners and dedicated followers alike. The musical partners are also celebrating the event with the release of a new video that gives a sneak peek at the cross-genre blend, with comments from Del McCoury, the PHJB's Ben Jaffe and more.
The American Legacies album and the two bands' joint tour-organized to bring its music to venues around the country-has already gotten plenty of attention for its remarkable combination of traditions. Whether they're tackling a decades-old standard or a new composition, these two groups bring fierce musicianship, deep respect and a rollicking good humor to the musical table in a way that makes the joy of the encounter unmistakable.
Known as one of the premiere ambassadors of bluegrass, the Del McCoury Band is fronted by veteran Del McCoury, who apprenticed in the honkytonks of Baltimore and with Bill Monroe before starting his own band more than 40 years ago. A hero to east coast bluegrass audiences through the 1970s and 1980s, he stepped onto the national stage with a move to Nashville in the early 1990s that spurred the Del McCoury Band to a lengthy streak of International Bluegrass Music Association awards and international acclaim. Today, McCoury, along with a band that includes his sons Ron and Rob, are admired by hard-core bluegrass traditionalists and eclectic music fans and stars alike as they make appearances everywhere from the Bonnaroo Music Festival to late night network TV shows to their own popular Delfest. To millions of fans across the US and around the world, the Del McCoury Band is the face of bluegrass.
Founded just a few years before McCoury joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been carrying the distinctive sound of New Orleans jazz around the world on behalf of Preservation Hall, a unique venue that embodies the city's musical legacy. With a cast of musicians schooled through first-hand experience and apprenticeship into the music's historic traditions, the PHJB has served as an irreplaceable, vital link to the earliest days of one of America's most beloved forms of popular music, evoking the spirits of times past in an ever-evolving modern context that has found them traveling around the world.