The winner is Andy Bing
The answers are:
3: W. Virginia
7: Not really brothers — they’re from all over
9: New York
10: N. Carolina
Additional Bowden Comments
Well I’m not gonna gloat, but I finally got one little step up on Andy Bing. ALL FOUR McCourys were born in Pennsylvania. Del and Jerry were born in York PA. Bill Monroe persisted in introducing Del as “the boy from North Carolina”, which is where Del’s PARENTS were indeed from. Del was born right after the family moved to PA. His younger brother Jerry was also born in PA. (Their older brother GC is probably the N. Carolina native.)
The Punch Brothers is an avant garde bluegrass group led by Chris Thile, along with Chris Critter Eldredge (Ben’s son) on guitar, Noam Pikelny on banjo and I can’t remember the fiddler and bass man. As the ol’ Road Hog would say “They is purty high-falutin’.”
Bill Monroe was always big on introducing a band member “and what state he is from”. I’ve enjoyed tapes of Monroe introducing guitarist Roland White “he is from the State of Maine and he’s a real TROUPER!” Since Maine is my home state too. Monroe had his own way of pronouncing some states. I-o-way. O-hi. Westconsin. No’th Cuhlina.
Thanks Andy for playing!!