Old Crow Medicine Show signs with Columbia Nashville
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
– Old Crow Medicine Show signed with Columbia Records Nashville, it was announced today.
OCMS will release a cover of Bob Dylan's classic "Blonde on Blonde" on April 28, entitled "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde."
This is not the first time that OCMS and Dylan have been grouped together. Lead singer Ketch Secor and Dylan have co-writes on "Wagon Wheel" from the band's self-titled 2004 album. The song later became a hit for Darius Rucker.
The band, which has been together since 1998, also will launch the Old Crow Medicine Show Performing Blonde on Blonde tour. Kicking off in Santa Barbara, Cal. on May 4, the band will perform the album in its entirety at each show. The tour will hit 26 cities including Los Angeles, New York City, London, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. with more dates to be announced.
The 14-track album was recorded live at the CMA Theater located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville in May 2016.
"Fifty years is a long time for a place like Nashville, Tenn. Time rolls on slowly around here like flotsam and jetsam in the muddy Cumberland River. But certain things have accelerated the pace of our city. And certain people have sent the hands of the clock spinning. Bob Dylan is the greatest of these time-bending, paradigm-shifting Nashville cats," said Secor.
"By deciding to record his newly found rock n' roll voice in 1966 Nashville, Bob swung the gates of country music wide open; so wide, in fact, that 50 years later there was still enough of a crack left for Old Crow Medicine Show to sneak its banjos and fiddles through the gates with string band swagger."
Band members are Secor, Critter Fuqua on banjo and guitar, Kevin Hayes on guitjo, Morgan Jahnig on bass, Chance McCoy on fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin and Cory Younts on mandolin, drums and percussion. The group had been most recently on ATO Records and Nettwerk prior to that.
The band has released nine albums with "Carry Me Back" and "Remedy" its two most recent releases. Old Crow's last three albums all reached the top five of the Billboard country albums chart.
Old Crow will be on the Sony Music Nashville/Columbia Records Nashville imprint.
Tour dates are:
May 4 Santa Barbara, CA @ The Granada Theatre
May 5 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 6 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
May 8 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
May 10 Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
May 12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Hall at Eccles Theater
May 13 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
May 14 Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
May 20 Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
May 22 Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
May 24 New York, NzY @ The Town Hall
May 25 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
May 28 Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang
May 30 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
May 31 Columbus, OH @ EXPRESS LIVE!
June 1 Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
June 2 Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
June 8 Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
June 9 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
June 10 St. Paul, MN @ The Palace Theatre
June 11 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
June 12 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
June 24 Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
June 25 Glasgow, UK @ O2ABC
June 28 London, UK @ Shepherd's Bush Empire
June 30 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
More news for Old Crow Medicine Show
CD reviews for Old Crow Medicine Show
Live From the Ryman
The very best way - the only way, really - to see Old Crow Medicine Show is live. Like its namesake, the medicine shows of old that were part preaching, part snake oil sales pitches, part old time music and pure entertainment, the band delivers a high-energy performance that keeps the crowd on its feet the entire show.
This album includes the band's performances recorded between 2013 and 2019 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and what better place than the Mother Church of country music »»»
Dave Cobb produced "Volunteer" for Old Crow Medicine Show, and while word on the street was that this promised to be a more rocking, less roots music effort, such talk shouldn't dissuade fans of the group's established sound from checking it out. Sure, there may be a little more electric guitar than on past efforts, but this is still very much OCMS music.
While rock and roll is not the best term for these songs, perhaps rambunctious best describes some of them. »»»
50 Years of Blonde on Blonde
Whenever an artist attempts to cover a classic work in whole, it can't help but seem like a somewhat audacious effort from the outset. After all, tackling an album that's stood the test of time, one that's already an integral part of the musical lexicon in its original form, is a formidable task. At best, the original artist's imprint is difficult to supersede, but at worst it can become a regrettable error that yields disastrous results.
Consequently, credit Old Crow »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Henry comes out the other end a better man
Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it
Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker.
Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
Eleven years ago, Kelly stepped away from music. She had just finished touring on 2007's exquisite "Translated From Love" and felt the angst of being a travelling musician with family at home. At that point, Willis and her husband, musician/producer Bruce Robison,... »»»
For a brief moment last summer, the news of Tony Kinman's death was, if not greatly exaggerated, then at least fortuitously premature. The roots rock icon, known for his work in The Dils, Rank and File, Blackbird and Cowboy Nation with his younger brother Chip, had been diagnosed with cancer in March 2018,... »»»
Until recently, Chris Shiflett took a somewhat obsessive/compulsive approach to his music career. For the past two decades, Shiflett has been the primary guitar foil for Dave Grohl in Foo Fighters; early in his tenure, Shiflett was so self-deprecatingly... »»»
Most hard core country fans certainly have heard David Ball's 1994 "Thinkin' Problem," a true honky tonk classic. Ominvore is releasing the album in remastered expanded format with eight bonus tracks, marking its 25th anniversary. »»»
Veteran Texas artist Stoney Larue has been through a lot in 20 years of touring and recording and puts that experience to good use on his first release since 2015's "Just Us." "Onward" enlists veteran Nashville producer and songwriter Gary Nicholson »»»
Travelin' Thru The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 1967-1969 featuring Johnny Cash
All these many years later, Bob Dylan 'bootleg' songs are still better than many intentional studio releases from other artists. Although some might have been shocked at the time to learn of Dylan's sojourn south to Nashville »»»
Play the Hits
When The Mavericks call an album "Play The Hits," It really should be qualified as "Play The Selective Hits" because this band has never been especially interested in performing only what's commercially viable. »»»
Redemption 10: Live at Blue Rock
Houston-based singer-songwriter and former lawyer Libby Koch celebrates the 10th anniversary of her first album, "Redemption," by releasing a full band, live audience setting for what was originally a solo acoustic album. »»»
Live From the Ryman
The very best way - the only way, really - to see Old Crow Medicine Show is live. Like its namesake, the medicine shows of old that were part preaching, part snake oil sales pitches, part old time music and pure entertainment, »»»