It was a great honor to interview one of my longtime favorite players, Rob McCoury. Plenty of wisdom and cool stories in this one- hope you enjoy it, and please let me know what you think, if you get a chance to listen!
Link to listen/download: https://www.banjopodcast.com/96-rob-mccoury/
Hes the consumate band banjo player
Rob is a really fine speaker -- that comes through on the Handpicked show on Sirius/XM Bluegrass Junction.
I loved his story about Earl playing Pretty Polly; I've heard that tape and I was equally shocked!
"Play the melody..."
Sonny Osborne had it exactly right -- Rob is one of the few banjo pickers you can identify in 5 seconds.
The first time I ever heard him play was before he was in the band and wandered by our campsite at Thomas Point Beach. Bob Mavian and I invited him to sit down and bust out his banjo to pick for us. Of course we asked him for each tune on Foggy Mt. Banjo. He performed each one to perfection. The boy was raised right. Then my mother fed him a plate of spaghetti, which was why he came to our campsite in the first place...
Edited by - The Old Timer on 06/20/2022 14:59:02
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