The Lee Boys, a “sacred steel” sextet from Miami, and The Travelin’ McCourys, an all star off shoot of the legendary Del McCoury Band, will join together for a half dozen tour dates in the Southeast beginning January 21st at the Georgia Theater in Athens, GA. 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.
The Lee Boys is a band that transcends the boundaries set by musical genres; their music is an energetic blend of R&B, gospel, hip-hop, rock and country driven by the pedal steel guitar. 2008 has been a monumental year for the band, having performed at over 50 of the biggest music festivals in the U.S., culminating with an appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien on December 8th; a performance on the prestigious West Virginia Public Radio show, Mountain Stage; and successful tours with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Michelle Shocked, Susan Tedeschi, Victor Wooten and more.
The Travelin’ McCourys consists of the band members of the most awarded group in the history of bluegrass -The Del McCoury Band- uniquely paired with elements of other touring bands in configurations purposely reminiscent of the Traveling Wilburys. The Travelin’ McCourys is comprised of Ron McCoury on mandolin, Rob McCoury on banjo, Jason Carter on fiddle, and Alan Bartram on bass. They will be joined on this tour with three members from Dre’s Rude Awakening: Dre’ Anders (vocalist), Shane Theriot (guitar), and Johnny Neel (keyboards). This touring unit blends the best of the Appalachian tradition with the improvisational magic of jazz, folk, and blues. Unique live collaborations are the hallmark of their performances, and demonstrate why critics and musicians across the world hail the McCourys as the best bluegrass band in the world. There may not be a major festival where they have not performed—from Bonnaroo to the Jazz Series at Carnegie Hall.
The itinerary for the tour is as follows:
Wed, Jan 21 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
Thurs, Jan 22 Legends at Appalachian State Boone, NC
Fri, Jan 23 Smith’s Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
Sat, Jan 24 Shoreline Ballroom Hilton Head Island, SC
Fri, Jan 30 Zydeco Birmingham, AL
Sat, Jan 31 Rhythm and Brews Chattanooga, TN
All dates subject to change.
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