Old Crow Medicine Showby Old Crow Medicine Show
Old Crow Medicine Show is an all-acoustic quintet from four states whose members met in New York City and moved to Nashville. Their storied beginnings include a North American cross-continent ramble while they learned their instruments and how to play together, eventually ending up playing on the street in front of the Grand Ole Opry before being asked to the stage some weeks later. Their self-titled debut album is equal parts Woody Guthrie's dust bowl weariness and Cisco Houston's rambling code of the road, Phil Ochs' view of a passing America, the Kingston Trio's wide-eyed enthusiastic earnestness, the New Christy Minstrels' sense of community, Doc and Merle Watson's home-grown blues as informed by Bill Monroe, Beat Generation lamentations, forlorn 1960s idealism, and the musical mindset that fueled America's original folk revival from the 1950s as it moved toward rockabilly. In other words, this record is informed by ghosts but executed in flesh, blood, sweat, and laughter. Whether the tunes are covers from antiquity ("CC Rider," "Poor Man," "Tell It to Me") or originals by fiddler and vocalist Ketch Secor and his songwriting and singing partner, Willie Watson ("Trials & Troubles," "Hard to Tell," "We're in This Together"), the feel is the same: passion, humor, and a relentless drive to get to the heart of a tune and put it across. There is so much enthusiasm, willingness and fire here, that it would be hard to do anything but want to sing along. Thoroughly enjoyable, wonderfully raw and sinewy, Old Crow Medicine Show may be evoking the sounds of the old string bands, but they do it with a crackling rock & roll energy.
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- Nettwerk Records
Performance CreditsOld Crow Medicine Show Primary Artist,Group
Kevin Hayes Guitar
Gillian Welch Drums
David Rawlings Guitar
Willie Watson Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Critter Fuqua Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Bottleneck Guitar,Group Member
Morgan Jahnig Upright Bass,Group Member
Kevin Hayes Group Member
Ketch Secor Banjo,Fiddle,Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Technical CreditsBob Dylan Composer
David Rawlings Producer
Danny Clinch Cover Photo
Matt Andrews Engineer
Old Crow Medicine Show Arranger
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I saw the Old Crow Medicine Show in concert last night. They were one of five acts on the bill and were anything but the headliners-- played only four songs. However,it was their CD I bought and since getting home last night and right now as I type, I've listened to it non-stop. They are part roots music, part jug band, and part alt-country. If you like music and don't need to claim a genre, this is a real treat. The only reason this got four stars instead of five, is that this is their first CD and I am expecting big things...
I heard this band some time ago on The Prairie Home Companion and liked them. I bought the disc and listen to it frequently. The ballads on it -- sad sad songs -- are especially good. They use some devices and phrases from Woody Guthrie, Huddy Ledbetter, Bob Dillon et alii, and it makes the songs timeless. I recommend this music to anyone who likes American folk music, accoustic blues, country rock, or classic country music. It's that good.
I was fortunate to have seen this band live at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN February 14, 2004. A must-have CD for music collections!
We heard this group live with Gerrison Kellor and they are dynomite! Impossible to resist the beat. Elaine NH
Several weeks ago, I had never heard of Old Crow Medicine Show (henceforth O.C.M.S). Then I saw their video of "Wagon Wheel" and I was hooked. This led to a live performance in Baltimore that I attended. Not since the Kingston Trio ran onto the stage at the old Carter Baron Theatre in D.C. have I felt such electricty. The standing room only crowd was elbow to elbow, but not caring. O.C.M.S. did three encores. Frontman, Ketch Secor, is a combination of Dylan, Springsteen, Mark O'Connor, and most importantly, Ketch himself. This group is brilliant, and I see them playing to stadiums in the future. This album is a winner, and everyone in the house knew all of the words to "Wagon Wheel".
you need to have this album
I'm a cheap SOB and even I bought this CD it's that good
This CD is one of my favs from OCMS...Wagon Wheel is one of my favorite songs on this CD. Give it a listen these guys are pretty good!