Old Crow Medicine Show
photo by Kit Wood
Though none of the founding members are in the current line-up, the original spirit of the Old Crow Medicine Show carries on, delivering top-tapping, alt-country, Americana roots music from pre-World War II blues to classic folk songs as they have for the past twenty-three years. From a young rag tag bunch of old-time string players who toured relentlessly busking across Canada and the United States to an award-winning globe-trotting institution, OCMS have stories galore and musicological knowledge to spare. Discovered by the legendary Doc Watson, the band has opened for Dave Matthews and Ricky Scaggs, playing festivals as diverse as Bonnaroo, Coachella, Merlefest and Farm Aid. They were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, won two Grammys and recently returned to their first label, ATO Records with a new album slated for next year. Appealing to an incredibly diverse fanbase, OCMS wins over any audience who appreciates lively vibes and jaw-dropping chops.
Right before the world shut down in early 2020, Old Crow Medicine Show purchased an empty warehouse in East Nashville. This building, renamed Hartland Studios now houses a recording studio and sound stage, providing an invaluable creative space when the touring became impossible. Out of this clubhouse grew the infamous Hartland Hootenanny, a variety show which the Old Crows produced and live streamed on a weekly basis for 30 weeks. A rollicking old-time all-American barn dance overflowing with heart and humor, OCMS and friends wove together zany storytelling, joyful nostalgia, and heartwarming tributes.
Finally, back on the road, the dynamic six-piece kicks off their national tour Friday, November 12th at Madison’s The Sylvee bringing with them Wisconsin favorite, the bluegrass-raised and Berklee-trained guitar wizard Molly Tuttle.
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