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The Company We Keep

The Company We Keep

August 21, 2007
4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 21, 2007
  • Release Date: August 21, 2007
  • Label: MCCOURY Music
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  • Total Length: 48:20
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  • ASIN: B0011YV44K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,071 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Playing Time - 51:37 -- It's difficult to maintain your place when you're already on top. Everyone's been wondering how the Del McCoury Band would follow the album "It's Just the Night," that won IBMA's Album of the Year Award for 2004. The very first item you notice about The Del McCoury Band's "The Company We Keep" (the second on their own McCoury Music label, distributed exclusively by Sugar Hill Records) is the high quality production of the 12-page fold out CD jacket with liner notes, numerous color photos, and lyrics to all songs on this generous 52-minute project. First impressions and marketing ARE important! While the music always takes priority, it's great to see their record company not skimp on the rest of the product. Del and the Boys have never been content to merely rest on their laurels. Rather, they've always been strong proponents of giving their fans 125% whether it be in live concert or on compact disc. That's the attitude that Del conveys when he sings his original (co-written with Harley Allen) "Never Grow Up Boy" about being a "guitar pickin', bluegrass singing, never grow up boy" whose dreams "can set men free." Del and Harley also wrote "Keep Her While She's There." Del also collaborated with Don Schlitz on "If Here is Where You Are." Ronnie McCoury's instrumental "Seventh Heaven" is top-notch.

The Del McCoury Band is also a full-speed-ahead band packed with vocal and instrumental energy and excitement. One song in ¾ time (When Fall's Coming Down) provides its nice contrasting rhythmic beat at track eleven.
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The same arguments plaque bluegrass over tradition , new grass or other hybrids. For me there is room for it all. The Del Mccoury Band has always maintained a balance between the old and new in both arrangements and songs chosen. In the award arena, I have heard fellow bluegrass fans state "They won another one, what about the other great bands." The fact is the Del Mccoury Band continues to maintain a standard of excellence sustained by few.

This cd is no exception. Its all there, great playing, arrangements devoid of musical cliches, and five star song. What else could anyone want?
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Over the years, the Del McCoury Band have had it both ways: Playing traditional bluegrass AND adding elements of progressive bluegrass. Recent albums have included songs by Richard Thompson ("1952 Vincent Black Lightning") and John Sebastian ("Nashville Cats"). This time out on THE COMPANY WE KEEP, they keep the proceedings strictly traditional.

With Jason Carter (fiddle) and sons Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo) providing the sparks, Del makes good use of his plaintive tenor vocals on this 14-track collection. Del co-wrote three of the albums tracks, including the autobiographical "Never Grow Up Boy" where he asserts: "I make my Living with a guitar/My job is standing on a stage/I played in churches, fairs and dive bars/I ain't never gonna act my age." And at age sixty-seven, let's hope he never does. [Running Time - 48:37] Highly Recommended
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Del McCoury and the boys continue to deliver with "The Company We Keep." When you combine some of the most talented musicians in the country with one of the most distinctive voices, how can you go wrong? Anyone with a penchant for bluegrass will be pleased with this cd.
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Del McCoury really does deserve to be called one of the Masters of Bluegrass, and on this album, Del and The Boys continue to demonstrate why this is so. This is yet another great recording by the band and anyone who enjoys listening to traditional bluegrass music (instrumental and vocal) will enjoy the effort here. Del's distinctive sounding voice along with the flawless banjo playing of Rob McCoury, the driving mandolin playing of Ronnie McCoury, and the exceptional fiddle playing of Jason Carter make this effort well worth listening to.
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As wonderful as it is to hear these fine musicians play their instruments, there isn't a single song with words or music memorable enough that I want to listen to it again. None will withstand the test of time and become classics.
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I'm not a huge fan of country music so I hadn't heard of the Del McCoury Band until about a year ago, when I saw a PBS program of a concert featuring musicians who had appeared on the soundtrack of the movie Brother Where Art Thou. I was very impressed with the Del McCoury Band's performance in this concert so I started checking out their music.

As an introduction to the Del McCoury Band I bought Mountain, their collaboration with Steve Earle. That was/is an excellent CD; I've rated it as five stars on Amazon.

I really liked their collaboration with Steve Earle so I started checking out the Del McCoury Band's other releases. So far I've bought three DEl McCoury Band CDs, including this one. The other two I've bought (and recommend) are A Deeper Shade Of Blue and Family Circle.

This is an excellent CD of first rate bluegrass by one of the leading contemporary bluegrass bands. The musicianship is superb and the music is great. If you like bluegrass, this CD is well worth your attention.
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