While it may not be the first time any of the five members of GRAMMY-winning bluegrass group The Travelin’ McCourys have proclaimed their affection for the world’s favorite carbonated adult beverage, it’s certainly the first time they’ve sung about it on record. Out today, the McCourys’ new cover of Tom T. Hall’s “I Like Beer” is an uptempo waltz fit for summer music festivals, loose, late-night sing-alongs, and Oktoberfest beer halls alike. Banjoist Rob McCoury—Bluegrass’s unofficial #1 beer drinker—appropriately finds himself on lead vocals for the first time in Travelin’ McCourys history and is only briefly side-barred for a barn-burning solo section from the rest of The Travelin’ McCourys’ IBMA award-winning instrumentalists. The tune lands happily back into the song’s unambiguous tagline to drive the point home: “This little refrain should help me explain. As a matter of fact, I like beer.” Fans can stream or purchase “I Like Beer” now right here while they’re reminiscing on the good times had yesterday, National Beer Day 2022.
This weekend, The Travelin’ McCourys are on the road up the east coast: Friday (4/8) in Baltimore, Maryland, at Union Craft Brewing; Saturday (4/9) in Round Hill, Virginia, at B Chord Brewing; and Sunday (4/10) in Newport News, Virginia, at Good Vibes Concert Hall. For ticket information and more 2022 tour dates, please visit thetravelinmccourys.com/tour.