Nine questions with The Travelin' McCourys' Rob McCoury

Written by Anna Husted on  at

Rob McCoury, 2013 Grammy winner for Best New Bluegrass Album, The Streets of Baltimore, plays Big Sky Resort's Big Sky Big Grass this weekend with The Travelin' McCourys. His 5-string banjo and bluegrass songwriting skills are the best in the business. When McCoury is not touring the country he makes his home in Nashville, where he has received numerous awards for his contributions to bluegrass music. Here are a few words from McCoury on his years in Bluegrass and his excitement at coming back to Big Sky Big Grass for the fourth time:

Where did you grow up and how did that place influence your music?
I grew up in southern Pennsylvania, in a house filled with music.

Who are your musical influences and style influences, whether musical or otherwise?
My father Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs, Sonny Osborne, JD Crowe, and the people they played with.

Can you tell us a little bit about your relationship with your instruments and strings?
My two main instruments were very special gifts given to me out of the blue. I use Daddario strings, they sound great and last a long time.

Can you tell us a story from being on the road?
Nothing juicy. Our first trip to Big Grass, we got snowed in, in South Carolina of all places, and arrived at the festival a day late.

This is your fourth year back to Big Sky Big Grass, what is unique to playing in Big Sky, Montana?
Its just an awesome event all the way around.

What keeps you coming back?
Steve Merlino, what a great guy.

What do you love about Big Sky outside of the festival?
The scenery.

Where do you see bluegrass music headed?
Bluegrass is steady growing in popularity.

What does the future of bluegrass look like?
The future looks great, better than ever.

Check out The Travelin' McCourys at Big Sky Big Grass in the Missouri Ballroom on Sunday. Get tickets here.

-Anna

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The Travelin' McCourys