David Grisman's label Acoustic Oasis announced the release of an exciting new album - Del and Dawg - Hardcore Bluegrass in the Dawg House. The new album features 16 tracks of bluegrass legend Del McCoury teamed up with the master on the mandolin, David Grisman. Two key instruments in bluegrass music by two of the masters. An awesome combination. The album is available by clicking here.
David Grisman met Del McCoury at the first show Del ever played (on banjo) with Bill Monroe in the spring of 1963 at New York University in Greenwich Village. Three years later, Del & Dawg played their first gig together in Troy, NY at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. They both celebrated the arrival of first-born sons, Monroe Grisman and Ronnie McCoury, within a month of each other. This unique collection of bluegrass classics, made at two Dawg studio jam sessions in the 1990s, celebrates the nearly 50-year bluegrass friendship that these two legendary musicians have shared.
The new album is mostly tracks which have never been previously released. Only 5 tracks are reissued music. The collection consists of classics recorded from two earlier recording sessions.
Grisman has always held strong ties to bluegrass music., In celebration of Bill Monroe's 100-Year birthday celebration, Grisman released Dawg Plays Big Mon - Happy Birthday Bill Monroe.
On a Sunday morning in 1961 -- a half century ago -- Ralph Rinzler invited 16-year old David Grisman to hear Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys play at New River Ranch in Rising Sun, Maryland. That experience changed David's life and profoundly affected the musical journey he would take for the next half-century.
Now in celebration of Big Mon's 100th birthday, the Dawg has assembled an amazing collection of musical Monroebillia featuring some of Bill's greatest compositions and two original tributes featuring David with Red Allen, Ray Brown, Jethro Burns, Vassar Clements, Jerry Garcia, John Hartford, Tony Rice, Mike Seeger, Doc Watson and others. Ten tracks are previously unissued live and studio performances, including an 11-minute interview of Bill Monroe by Ralph Rinzler which David recorded in 1965.
Del and Dawg adds to those roots and appreciation of bluegrass music. Here is an exciting album by two of the best. We wouldn't expect anything less.