An Open Letter to Del McCoury

Dear Mr. McCoury,

You have one of my favorite voices.  I cannot even listen to your song about the motorcycle because it makes me cry every dang time, putting it in a rare league with “Puff the Magic Dragon” and “Amazing Grace.”  All I want is to be able to go to iTunes and buy “It’s Just the Night” and “My Love will not Change.”

I want to pay you money for your music.

And I cannot do this.


Are you on Universal?  Are you boycotting the internet?  Are you deliberately attempting to thwart my attempts to put together a collection of somewhat creepy music?


Aunt B.

p.s.  Do you think it would be so bad for a person who has regular breathing problems to take up cigar smoking?  No reason.  Just wondering.

8 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Del McCoury

  1. “Del’s” song about the motorcycle is by Richard Thompson, though his version is fine. You can go to Youtube and hear it/see it for free. Don’t know about the others, though.

    Tobacco used to be widely prescribed as a therapy for clearing the lungs — and not just in the 18th and 19th centuries. Menthol cigarettes were patented in 1925 and widely used throughout the 1930s and 1940s as a way to soothe the throat when one had a cold. I wouldn’t recommend it, though.

  2. Huh. McCoury Music doesn’t sell downloads. This completely undermines my theory that bluegrass, as a genre, is better positioning itself to take advantage of new distribution models than most others.

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  4. Buy the album with “A Deeper Shade of Blue,” “Lonely Side of Love” and “Hard On My Heart” cause Mr. Smiff co-wrote those ones. They’ve cut several of my brother in law’s tunes… Five Small Stones…my brother in law, sister in law and the sister in law’s former husband wrote…there’s a song in that story there.

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