Friday, August 22, 2008

Old Crow Medicine Show - Coming to you soon

They're back! Yes, Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain and a few smaller bands are up on my list. But, Old Crow Medicine Show easily claim my top bluegrass spot. There shows are among the loudest you'll ever go to. The dancing and uproar they cause have not been matched in my book and the amount of sweaty shirts in an audience after an Old Crow dance session can rival that of the skankiest of night clubs in the city around closing time. Here is a small example of their pickin', stompin' and roaring scene

Okay, one favorite OCMS song

Members of OCMS met in New York, eventually trekked down south where they were discovered by a grandfather of bluegrass and now call Nashville their home. Supposedly (and I've heard many versions of this story) Old Crow were busking on the streets of North Carolina when a young gal warned them it'd be worth their to play just a bit longer. The young gal brought her father over to listen. The father ended up being Doc Watson, a folk-country legend, who immediately signed the band to play the upcoming MerleFest. The band is most known for their biggest single to date, "Wagon Wheel." Not too many know that the song was originally written by Bob Dylan for a soundtrack that was never released. Old Crow received permission to bluegrasserize Dylan's version (yes, they cover the Rolling Stones and Guthrie too!) which, in combination with their infectious tempos and energy, led to performances at Bonnaroo, the Grand Ole Opry, Telluride Bluegrass, New Orleans Jazz and more. Not only are they talented in bluegrass and have all the bluegrass legends on their side, but their individual names couldn't be more perfect with members like Ketch Secor (vocals, fiddle, harmonica), Willy Watson (vocals, guitar) and Critter Fuqua...I'm serious.

OCMS is gearing to release their new album, Tennessee Pusher, from Nettwerk Records which can be pre-ordered now from their site. In support of the new album, OCMS are also on tour and tickets for the lucky Colorado folk go on sale at 10am today for their show at the Boulder Theater on November 20th! The rumored single from the new album is "Caroline" - enjoy!

Old Crow Medicine Show - Caroline

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Old Crow Medicine Show is NOT bluegrass.