In the 21st century, the living bridge of the “high, lonesome sound” that is bluegrass music is Del McCoury.
At 81, McCoury remains the melodic connection between the “Father of Bluegrass,” the late Bill Monroe, and the ever-evolving contemporary acts that are currently blurring the lines between the neo-traditional and progressive camps. And yet, McCoury is steadfast in his pursuit of the traditional bluegrass tone.
The Smoky Mountain Event Center in Waynesville will host a drive-in concert series with Mt. Joy (Americana/indie) Oct. 3, Yonder Mountain String Band (bluegrass/jam) Oct. 7, Papadosio (jam/rock) Oct. 9, Whitey Morgan (outlaw country/rock) Oct. 10, Goose (jam/rock) Oct. 17 and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (jam/rock) Oct. 24.
Following the recent announcement by The Grey Eagle of its drive-in concert series in Maggie Valley, the Asheville Music Hall made its series public last week, which will take place at the Smoky Mountain Event Center in Waynesville.