Carry Me Back

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Old Crow Medicine Show sound like a prewar string band filtered through Uncle Tupelo via Nirvana, and if they aren't bluegrass by any stretch of the imagination, they are every bit as energetic as a breakneck bluegrass combo. They also write most of their material, so while the group's songs sound old and traditional, they are more facsimiles than anything else, with an attention to narrative and lyrical detail that the old string band tunes, which were often made up of lightly linked floating verses drawn from old country blues and fiddle reels, seldom had. It isn't easy straddling two different centuries with one's sound and style, but Old Crow Medicine Show pull it off...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Old Crow Medicine Show sound like a prewar string band filtered through Uncle Tupelo via Nirvana, and if they aren't bluegrass by any stretch of the imagination, they are every bit as energetic as a breakneck bluegrass combo. They also write most of their material, so while the group's songs sound old and traditional, they are more facsimiles than anything else, with an attention to narrative and lyrical detail that the old string band tunes, which were often made up of lightly linked floating verses drawn from old country blues and fiddle reels, seldom had. It isn't easy straddling two different centuries with one's sound and style, but Old Crow Medicine Show pull it off once again on their fourth studio album, the Ted Hutt-produced Carry Me Back, a ragged, breakneck romp that crackles with more energy than a thrash band on Red Bull. The old string bands were dance ensembles, but it's difficult to imagine dancers keeping up very long to tracks like "Carry Me Back to Virginia," "Mississippi Saturday Night," and "Sewanee Mountain Catfight," all of which are unhinged speed shuffles that roar by faster than a NASCAR race. "We Don't Grow Tobacco," which flies on its own fast rails, is a well-written saga that starts off detailing the woes of working in the tobacco fields and ends bemoaning the loss of jobs in those same fields in the 21st century, while "Ain't It Enough" is a beautiful, poetic, and melodic love song, so Old Crow Medicine Show aren't just about rapid-fire speed shuffles. Thought and care are in these songs, and they all fall together in a nice flow. This isn't a one-trick pony band, and so far at least, Old Crow Medicine Show haven't painted themselves into a creative corner, managing somehow to sound both old and refreshingly new at once.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882180720
  • Catalog Number: 1807
  • Sales rank: 32,632

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Old Crow Medicine Show Primary Artist
Jim Lauderdale Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Willie Watson Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Critter Fuqua Accordion, Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Morgan Jahnig Bass, Percussion
Kevin Hayes Guitar, Vocals
Gill Landry Banjo, Dobro, Vocals
Cory Younts Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Ketch Secor Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Technical Credits
Simon Levy Cover Art
Ted Hutt Producer
Jim Merlis Publicity
Bobby Cudd Booking
Ryan Mall Engineer
Lauderdale Composer
hatfield Composer
Tom Baker Mastering
Rachel Briggs Art Direction
Ross Morrison Booking
Norm Parenteau Management
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