In his youth Del McCoury actually did a short stint with bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe. It's a neat link between two generations of bluegrass champs, now extended another generation to Del's sons, Ronnie and Rob, who play mandolin and banjo in one of today's elite traditional bluegrass bands, the Del McCoury Band. With Del leading the way on guitar and his fine tenor-to-falsetto vocals, the quintet conjures a superlative version of the classic bluegrass high lonesome sound, filling it out with marvelous picking and stirring close vocal harmonies. Despite its trad credentials, the band has a progressive playlist that includes the likes of Richard Thompson, Bruce Hornsby, and Mark Knopfler, while sometimes mixing it up with odd characters like Steve Earle and, last year, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In bluegrass, it doesn't get any better than Del and the boys.
Sun., Aug. 19, 7 p.m., 2012