On Sunday March 19th, 2017 we held another Good Shepherd Coffee House Concert Series show hosted by Jason Newsted and the Chophouse Band Featuring Ronnie and Heaven McCoury for a benefit concert for the Music Program at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Tequesta.
JASON NEWSTED AND THE CHOPHOUSE BAND
The Chophouse band began in 1992 when Grammy Award winning, Hall of Fame bassist Jason Newsted founded Chophouse Recor...ds Studio in San Francisco.
Following the success of Metallica’s 1991 black album, The Chophouse Studio was conceived by Newsted to assemble friends and comrades from other established acts and groups, to have a special place to enjoy chasing ideas and sounds; having fun playing pure and wild music on breaks and downtime, mixing up wicked musical soup away from rigorous touring schedules and agendas.
Now, after 25 years of playing host to a diverse array of talent from varying genres, The Chophouse Band is finally offering a sampling of the musical flavors that have been cooking in these exclusive sessions and personal projects.
The Chophouse Band is led by Newsted playing acoustic guitar & performing lead vocals, accompanied by close friends/musicians of all walks & styles, and sharing some great American songs from familiar & unfamiliar heroes.
The members of The Chophouse Band reside from coast to coast, including; Chris Barnett, Kevin Cripanuk, Zak Mahoney-Hoffmann, Joe Ledesma, David Lopez, Jesus Mendez, Chris Peet, Brian Sagrafena, Chris Scianni, JP Soars, Micah Scott, Amir Tal, & Robert John Tucker!! These and many others may be featured at any given appearance of… JASON NEWSTED AND THE CHOPHOUSE BAND
Ronnie McCoury was born in York County, Pennsylvania on March 16, 1967. It was in York County that he made his home for the first 24 years of his life. In January of 1992, Ronnie and his wife Allison made the move to Nashville, TN and it is here they have resided since that time. Growing up in a house where bluegrass music was played, and always listened to, Ron had the exposure from a very young age. Many pickin’ parties were held at the house, along with rehearsals that his Dad would have with his band then, The Dixie Pals.
Like lots of other young boys, sports interested Ronnie very much. In particular, baseball and basketball. One thing he clearly remembers is the fact that his dad never pushed him to play music or never “pushed it on him” at all, leaving both Ron and Rob to choose their paths on their own. At the age of 9 he started taking violin lessons. He took the lessons for two years and gave it up for sports. He played sports all the way through high school. But when he was just 13, after attending a show with his Dad where he saw Bill Monroe perform, he decided that he wanted to play the mandolin. He practiced on it for six months and when his Dad had an opening in the band for mandolin player, he asked Ron to fill it. That was on May 28, 1981 and Ronnie has been playing with his Dad ever since.
In 1995 Ronnie and Rob teamed up and put out a self-titled CD on Rounder Records. In 1998 Ronnie teamed up with David Grisman and some other great mandolin players to create the CD titled “Mandolin Extravaganza”, which made it’s appearance on the Acoustic Disc label in 1999. This CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and also won Instrumental Album of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year at the IBMA awards show in October of 2000. In 1999, Ronnie co-produced The Mountain, with Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band. 2000 also brought along with it Ronnie’s first solo project…Heartbreak Town. A must hear for everyone!
Ronnie is married to Allison Bliss from Massachusetts and they have three children, Evan, Joshua and Emma. Someone once asked Ronnie what his greatest accomplishments were, musically or non and his first response was “Starting my own family”. Next in line was receiving the Grammy for “The Company We Keep”. Family life is very important to the McCourys. Having children inspired Ronnie to put out his next project, Little ‘Mo McCoury, a CD full of children’s songs done Bluegrass style.
Along with his award winning mandolin playing, Ronnie is also a singer/songwriter and producer He has recorded or performed with such diverse acts as Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Phish, Charlie Daniels, John Hartford, Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Alison Krauss, David Grisman, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, the Allman Brothers, John Paul Jones and countless others!
All money raised by the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd through your generous donations went to help fund the Church's Music Programs.
Thank you John Pinkley with Compass Mortgage for sponsoring this event!
Contact Erik Pariseleti with questions, 561-262-5692
Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!
Thank you Jason, Ronnie, Heaven, Amir, Rob, Joe, Abby, Frank, Tracy, Larry, Ray, Randi, Chip, Jim and Lagunitas and John and Compass Mortgage.