Old Crow Medicine Show Revive Their Roots

Published: 2004-03-15
The five piece traditional band from Ithaca, New York, Old Crow Medicine Show have done more than revive music from early in the last century; they have revived an attitude that goes back to the beginning of music. The boys travel from town to town in true troubadour fashion singing and playing for food and a place for the night.

Old Crow Medicine Show have bridged a musical generation gap that has grown as wide as the Atlantic Ocean. Old timers who longed for the music of their youth are joined by the younger crowd who were introduced to the music in the "O Brother, Where Art Thou" craze. Fans of country music find the roots of country music today in the old tunes; while the Celtic music enthusiasts see what has evolved from the music their ancestors brought with them to North America.

The boys in Old Crow Medicine Show don't just play the old tunes, they also write tunes in the old tradition and style. The bands self-titled CD was released to Canada on Nettwerk Records last month and will be released globally next month The first single from the album "Wagon Wheel" is a song that has been years in the making. The song is based around the chorus of a Bob Dylan song. After three years the band has struck a deal to use the chorus in their tune. Old Crow Medicine Show's frontman Ketch Secor – who wrote the song – laughs when he talks about how every time he makes 50 cents on the song, Dylan makes a quarter.

Old Crow Medicine Show plan to tour Canada this summer but no plans are set yet.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum

    Photo:Tony Baker


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