It's Just the Night

It is good to be the king. And that is precisely what Del McCoury—backed by arguably the most formidable bluegrass outfit in existence—remains.

It is good to be the king. And that is precisely what Del McCoury—backed by arguably the most formidable bluegrass outfit in existence—remains. These titans shine brightly on their McCoury Music debut, exhibiting the kind of dazzling chops and range of style that has won them fans far outside the bluegrass community. Sparkling virtuosity from sons Rob (banjo) and Ron (mandolin), along with Jason Carter (fiddle) and Mike Bub (bass), backs Del's superbly authentic vocals, powering a brace of Richard Thomson-penned gems in "Dry My Tears and Move On" and "Two-Faced Love." The elder McCoury's keening vocal on "Let an Old Racehorse Run" proves this old horse has plenty of races left, and instrumental "Hillcrest Drive" is a runaway train with jawdropping mandolin runs from Ron. The haunting title cut, with the Fairfield Four, is incredibly cool and a highlight of the set. Elsewhere, vocals on "Fire & the Flame" are tight, and "Zero to Love" and "Same Kind of Crazy" are pure hillbilly romance. Mighty, mighty fine stuff, from start to finish.—RW