The Del McCoury Band

Friday, Sept. 14, Zilker park

ACL Music Fest Live Shots
Photo by Gary Miller

The Del McCoury Band

"Here's one by a bluegrass songwriter named Bob Dylan," Ronnie McCoury announced with a laugh before launching into a mandolin and high-lonesome harmony version of the festival headliner's "Walk Out in the Rain." The Del McCoury Band was all bluegrass class, the suited, all-acoustic fivepiece comfortably jovial despite the heat and an unfortunately abbreviated afternoon festival slot that was upstaged by the Heartless Bastards bleeding over from their stage. Though Ronnie's mandolin has become the centerpiece of the act, its silver-haired patriarch proved as powerful as ever on crowd favorites "Nashville Cats" and the requested "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," while Rob McCoury contributed banjo to Jason Carter's fiddle and Alan Bartram's upright bass. Hank Williams' "You Win Again" was fired with a bluegrass breakdown, and "High on a Mountain" worked McCoury's Seventies catalog. Closing out with a spirited romp of "Rawhide," the band left the audience stomping along and wishing for more.

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