Hey! Manchester presents Chance McCoy
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A virtuoso fiddler, guitarist, and banjo player, McCoy is best known as a member of GRAMMY-winning Americana powerhouse Old Crow Medicine Show, but ‘Wander Wide,’ his debut solo album, reveals a remarkable depth and versatility far beyond anything we’ve heard from him yet. Captivating in its cross of the traditional and the progressive, the record shows little regard for the conventional boundaries of genre and decade, blending old-school bluegrass melodies with modern rock and roll arrangements and rich, atmospheric production.
McCoy based the album off of a live residency show he put on weekly at The Basement in Nashville, and the studio recordings here tap into the same exuberant energy he brought to the stage every night, complete with dazzling performances that unexpectedly twist and turn, sometimes transitioning from one tune to the next within the same track.
Three years later, McCoy was standing onstage holding a Best Folk Album GRAMMY Award for ‘Remedy,’ the first collection he wrote and recorded with the platinum-selling group. He’d go on to record two more albums and perform countless dates with Old Crow, but all the while, he continued writing his own solo material that didn’t quite fit with the band’s catalog. When a potential break in their relentless schedule appeared on the horizon, McCoy jumped at the chance to focus once again on his own art, which had been patiently waiting on the backburner while Old Crow slayed stages from Bonnaroo to Red Rocks and shared bills with Willie Nelson, Mumford & Sons, John Prine, The Avett Brothers, and countless others peers and luminaries.