Grammy Winners Perform in SHSU’s Guest Artist Series

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Hosted by Sam Houston State University’s College of Arts & Media, Grammy award-winning bluegrass band, The Travelin’ McCourys, is set to perform at the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

This performance is part of the College of Arts & Media Guest Artist Series, which brings in renowned artists for entertainment at SHSU.

Composed of five stellar musicians, the group works to seek progression and musical diversity through their eclectic sound. Highlighting their interest to move away from a traditional bluegrass sound is vital for the McCoury brothers. Rob (banjo) and Ronnie (mandolin) began their musical journey traveling alongside their father, Del McCoury, in the Del McCoury Band. With Del McCoury already an established and inspirational force within the bluegrass world, the brothers had their father’s successful platform to both admire and use as a visual for something transformative.

With Cody Kilby on guitar and two members from The Del McCoury band, bassist Alan Bartram and fiddler Jason Carter, The Travelin’ McCourys was born.

The band has become the only group in which each of its members have been recognized with an International Bluegrass Music Association award for their instruments at least once. They’ve continued to innovate pathways within music by collaborating with artists of different genres, implementing a sound that was both experimental and refreshing.

They have collaborated with artists like Dierks Bentley, Keller Williams, Jeff Austin and more. The band is also the creator of The Grateful Ball, a bluegrass tribute to the rock band Grateful Dead.

Their SHSU performance comes in the middle of the band’s headlining tour. Composed of small, intimate shows and festival popups at DelFest, Winter WonderGrass and many more, fans get to experience the act performing their Grammy-winning album. Their 2019 Grammy for “Best Bluegrass Album” serves as another important milestone for individual members.
Tickets ranging from $15 to $40 are now available to purchase. Student Rush will become available on Jan. 20 for SHSU students to receive one free ticket, if purchased online, and will end one hour prior to the event.

For more information on pricing details, visit or contact the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Box Office at 936-294-2339.

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