"Timing is everything," he said.
Thus a long and rich career as a session artist and soloist was born. McCoy played with bands including Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry and was a longtime member of the band for television's "Hee Haw."
He has played for Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel. He even was invited to a recording session for the rock band Ween for its 1996 album "12 Golden Country Greats," an experience McCoy enjoyed.
"It was fun because every guy on the session was old enough to be their grandfather. They had a real appreciation for the traditional Nashville music and what had come before. Those guys were really respectful of the tradition," McCoy recalled.
Working with younger
folks is nothing new, and these days McCoy is indulging some young people very close to his heart.
His children and his five grandchildren have been a part of recent projects.
"I let them all sing on a Christmas album," he said. "My son has played guitar on records with me, and my daughter has played vibraphone. My oldest granddaughter played flute on an album I did of Celtic music. My middle granddaughter designed two CD covers for me."
The artist granddaughter's latest handiwork will appear on McCoy's upcoming project, "Smooth Sailing," a release that will include McCoy playing everything from "Blue Bayou" and "I Told You So" of Carrie Underwood-Randy Travis fame to "From a Distance," best known for Bette Midler's version.
"I have one song on there that sounds Japanese — so it's kind of a mixture of all those things," McCoy said.
He promises to trot some of them out Friday night with his band — all native West Virginia musicians.
"But we'll be mostly celebrating West Virginia," he said of his playlist.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
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