Every year since 2005, Relix has partnered with Del McCoury to present A Cold Turkey Thanksgiving weekend audio special. Over the years we’ve offered live cuts, studio favorites and even some unreleased material. (We were proud to debut the bluegrass icon’s collaboration with Preservation Hall Jazz Band a few years back.) And, in recent years, we’ve expanded our scope to present a range of music from Del’s sons and their hard-touring outfit The Travelin’ McCourys. While the Cold Turkey podcast, which Relix editor Mike Greenhaus and Deal scribe Benjy Eisen co-hosted from 2005-2009, has mostly morphed into our Live at Relix video series, we continue to work with the McCourys every Thanksgiving.
Today’s A Cold Turkey Thanksgiving kicks off with Del McCoury Band’s version of “Bluegrass Breakdown” from this year’s DelFest; the track also boasts appearances by Marty Stuart, Bryan Sutton and Sierra Hull. Next up, we turn out attention to the next generation of roots musicians, with a version of the Grateful Dead classic “Brown-Eyed Women” by Travelin’ McCourys with Jeff Austin Band from the same DelFest. From there, we are proud to present a few studio sessions: the unreleased Travelin’ McCourys tune “Get Right,” the McCourys’ “Let Her Go”—which is currently trending on Spotify—and the unreleased Del McCoury number track “You Could Be Me.” Finally, we cap things off with live renditions of The Travelin’ McCourys’ “Shaker,” spotlighting the lead vocals of Alan Bartram, and a Jason Carter sung take on “Lonesome, Ornery, and Mean.”
Please click here for this year’s Thanksgiving episode