Del McCoury announced he will be releasing a new album titled Almost Proud on Feb. 18. The 82-year-old has released scores upon scores of albums over his career which has spanned six decades. His latest offering is set to reflect his life and iconic persona.

Almost Proud is a reflection of McCoury’s blue-collar mindset. The album is comprised of four songs about love lost, one love song which is as a tribute to his wife of 57 years, Jean, two tracks about cheating, two drinking songs, one extolling the virtues of hard work, and the other about a working-class hero standing up to big coal in the West Virginia of the early 1900s.

Of the album, McCoury said in a press release, “If I’m not interested, how can he expect the audience to be?” This collection of songs kept 82-year-old McCoury engaged during the pandemic and it’s part of a body of work that ended up being nearly 30 songs—so it’s likely to see a volume 2 in the very near future. At the end of the day, Del may be almost proud of what he’s accomplished, but he’s always proud of the music he records.”

Along with the announcement of the album’s release, McCoury shared a cut off Almost Proud titled “Running Wild.” The track was 15 years in the making and features McCoury’s longtime band which consists of his sons Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo, bassist Alan Bartram and fiddler Jason Carter. Listen to the track here.

Read Relix‘s article on Del McCoury here.

Almost Proud Tracklist

  1. Almost Proud
  2. Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
  3. Rainbow of My Dream
  4. My Little Darlin’
  5. Running Wild
  6. Brown Paper Bag
  7. Honky Tonk Nights
  8. Once Again
  9. Sid Hatfield’s
  10. The Misery You’ve Earned
  11. Workin’ Man’s Wage
  12. Other Shore

The Del McCoury Band Tour

Oct. 26 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater

Oct. 27 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre

Oct. 28 – Jackson, WY – Silver Dollar Showroom

Oct. 29 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre

Nov. 3 – Kent, OH – Kent Stage

Nov. 4 – Findlay, OH – Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 5 – Cincinnati, OH – Hamilton County Memorial Hall

Nov. 6 – Stoughton, WI – Stoughton Opera House

Nov. 7 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music

Nov. 12 – Liberty, NC – The Liberty Showcase Theater 

Nov. 14 – Boone, NC – Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 18 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall

Nov. 19 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton Live

Nov. 20 – Albany, NY – The Egg – Kitty Carlisle Hart Theatre