Rob McCoury was born into bluegrass royalty in April of 1971, the son of bluegrass great Del McCoury. He attended his first bluegrass festival in Allentown, Pa at the age of six weeks, caught the bluegrass “bug” after seeing the Osbourne brothers perform, and made his professional debut as a bass player for his dad at the age of 15!! In August of 2014, after playing for years in Dad’s Del McCoury Band and the band’s second generation alter-ego The Travelin’ McCourys, Rob has stepped out and released his first solo album The 5 String Flamethrower After listening to the album this morning, I would say that the moniker fits Mr McCoury!!
The album is a tribute album to those bluegrass banjo players that have preceded him. McCoury says… “My first love will always be traditional bluegrass,” ….. “When it’s right, there’s just nothing better. I love the simplicity of being able to take four or five guys, get ‘em out, tune ‘em up and play.” The album is full of great tunes from the banjo masters, who play and played that traditional bluegrass, McCoury loves!
The songs that McCoury picked and picks on the album include tracks from the likes of:
Earl Scruggs “Foggy Mountain Chimes”
Don Reno: “Charlotte’s Breakdown”
Sonny Osbourne: : “Siempre”
the preiously unrecorded: “Jericho”
McCoury coaxed Sonny out of retirement to play the opening of the song “We Could”
Del McCoury: “I’ve Lost You” (Dad provides vocals!)
Bobby Osbourne provides the vocals on “We Care”
J.D. Crowe: “Blackjack”
Larry Perkins: “Northwest Passage”
Walter Hemsley: “Sugar Creek”
So Check Out 5 The String Flamethrower! As for me, I think that not being a fan of The Del McCoury Band has been a mistake, and I need to check out their catalog! Also, after listening to McCoury’s great performances of the songs on this album, I want to check out the originals!!
Here’s Rob and the rest of The Del McCoury Band performing the J.D.Crowe song “Blackjack”