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Oct 19, 2019 - 5:50:26 AM
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3221 posts since 7/12/2006

I stumbled across a hidden gem of an instrumental on an old Del McCoury CD called Red Eyes on a Mad Dog. While primarily a mandolin tune by Ron McCoury, brother Rob does a really nice break on the banjo, which I am currently trying to get down on tab. If I had to name the most underappreciated banjo player in the bluegrass scene, Rob would be a candidate . He is the ultimate team player who chooses to stay somewhat under the radar, but his playing takes a back seat to no one in terms of taste. He's a master at back up playing. Me thinks that maybe the reason his name is not mentioned in circles as much as Baucom, Shelor, etc., may be because if one is not a big fan of Del McCoury you wont hear much of Rob. Not everyone is a fan of Del's heavy high nasal sound. It can be an acquired taste. But it's worth acquiring just to hear the musicianship of both his sons. I wish Rob had a tab book out . that's one id buy in a heartbeat.(does he?)

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Oct 19, 2019 - 6:35:43 AM
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334 posts since 5/30/2016

You are correct he is an amazing player. And one thing that I have always noticed in his music is that he does not use a lot of what I would call ” classic “ Bluegrass Banjo licks like I hear so many people use including myself. He uses his own stuff as far as I can tell. I do not know of any tab books. But did you know he put out a solo recording a few years back in 2014, I believe. It is called Five String Flamethrower. If you have not heard it yet you should check it out. Good stuff!

Oct 19, 2019 - 7:00:39 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

44166 posts since 10/5/2013

I like Rob’s playing a lot also. Here is a list of tabs from Russell Sawler.




Edited by - chuckv97 on 10/19/2019 07:04:42

Oct 19, 2019 - 7:04:08 AM

3221 posts since 7/12/2006

OOOOH Vincent Black Lightening!

Oct 19, 2019 - 7:05:20 AM

chuckv97

Canada

44166 posts since 10/5/2013

And a review of his album by BHO member Dick Bowden.
bluegrasstoday.com/5-string-fl...-mccoury/

Oct 19, 2019 - 7:06:02 AM
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3221 posts since 7/12/2006

you know thats how I see it too. He plays Scruggsy stuff but for some reason it sounds different.
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Originally posted by Mark Cox

You are correct he is an amazing player. And one thing that I have always noticed in his music is that he does not use a lot of what I would call ” classic “ Bluegrass Banjo licks like I hear so many people use including myself. He uses his own stuff as far as I can tell. I do not know of any tab books. But did you know he put out a solo recording a few years back in 2014, I believe. It is called Five String Flamethrower. If you have not heard it yet you should check it out. Good stuff!


Oct 19, 2019 - 8:46:28 AM

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I agree with all of the good things everyone above says about Rob, but I'm not sure someone who has been named IBMA Banjo Player of the Year would be considered underappreciated.

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:08:58 AM

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He certainly is the master of playing in Dropped C. I have the "Vincent" tab. He has an interesting way of
leaving notes out of an 8 note roll, creating cool syncopation. Not easy to duplicate.

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:52:01 AM

3221 posts since 7/12/2006

certainly not amongst  his peers .
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Originally posted by rickhayes

I agree with all of the good things everyone above says about Rob, but I'm not sure someone who has been named IBMA Banjo Player of the Year would be considered underappreciated.


Oct 19, 2019 - 1:49:36 PM
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dannyp

USA

142 posts since 3/27/2013

I guess I always considered him to be one of the banjo superheroes. And for good reasons. I’ve certainly always had him on my favorites list. I agree there that his style stands out. Highly tasteful and bluesy but not bluesy like ron block ( which I also love ). And I love his backup work Which I think has nice hints of JD and Earle but really it’s all mccoury.

Oct 19, 2019 - 2:22:19 PM
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5321 posts since 10/13/2007

Gary,
Great post and I agree 100% with you on him being under the radar. the only place we might diverge is Del being an acquired taste. Man I thought he was champagne all the way all the time.

Oct 19, 2019 - 2:30:32 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

44166 posts since 10/5/2013

Well, Sonny’s a fan. Here’s an excerpt from his Ask Sonny Anything column.


 

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