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OCMS sees "Nashville Rising"

Friday, April 3, 2020 – Old Crow Medicine Show released a new track and video today of "Nashville Rising" in the wake of recent disasters.

The song drops exactly one month after eight deadly tornados ravaged through the state of Tennessee. Proceeds from the song will directly benefit The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's Emergency Response Fund. The video was edited by filmmaker Julia Golonka and illustrates devastation and dedicated volunteers in action.

The Middle Tennessee community was hit hard, and then harder - first by the March 3 tornados, then the COVID-19 pandemic. Old Crow's Ketch Secor spent the early hours of Super Tuesday, huddled in a crawl space with his two kids, not realizing until the next morning the devastation that had occurred only a couple blocks away.

"I love Nashville," said Secor. "I moved here right after the last tornado that really tore through this town and never thought we'd see another. I know most of us never thought we'd see anything like what this last month has been, whether in Music City or elsewhere around the world. These are the dark times where music can really light the way, the times of immeasurable hardship where music can soothe a troubled soul. I wrote 'Nashville Rising' in the hopes that positivity, perseverance, and people power will be just as contagious as COVID-19."

Old Crow Medicine Show recorded "Nashville Rising" at its own Hartland Studio in East Nashville just days before a city-wide "safer at home" order was issued. The track features the band, Secor, Morgan Jahnig, Cory Younts, Joe Andrews, Robert Price, Charlie Worsham and Jerry Pentecost along with special guests Molly Tuttle (guitar and vocals), Shelly Colvin (harp and vocals) and Skylar Wilson (vibes).

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