Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – Old Crow Medicine Show announced "Paint This Town" is coming on April 22 via ATO Records.
OCMS shared a music video for the title track, directed by Travis Nicholson. The video goes back in time to show younger versions of the band's six members.
"This song is about growing up in a small town and having to make fun wherever you could find it," said bandleader Ketch Secor. "Our band has always drawn its inspiration from those elemental American places, where water towers profess town names, where the Waffle House and the gas station are the only spots to gather; this is the scenery for folk music in the 21st century. And the John Henry's and Casey Jones of today are the youth who rise up out of these aged burgs undeterred, undefeated, and still kicking."
The album was recorded this past spring in Old Crow's Hartland Studio, where they co-produced it with Matt Ross-Spang (John Prine, Jason Isbell), taking a far more insular approach than their previous work.
"At the end of the day, we're still just trying to stop you on the street and get you to put a dollar in the guitar case," said Morgan Jahnig. "Then once we've got your attention, we're gonna tell you about things like the opioid epidemic and the Confederate flag and what's happening with the environment, but we're gonna do it with a song and dance. We feel a great obligation to talk about the more difficult things happening out there in the world, but we also feel obligated to make sure everyone's having a great time while we do it."
The track list is:
1. Paint This Town
2. Bombs Away
4. Lord Willing and the Creek Don't Rise
5. Honey Chile
6. Reasons To Run
8. Used To Be A Mountain
9. DeFord Rides Again
10. New Mississippi Flag
11. John Brown's Dream
12. Hillbilly Boy
Old Crow Medicine Show released three tracks in the last year that all speak to the current state of the world – "Nashville Rising," "Quarantined" and "Pray For America." They also appeared on a duet with Keb' Mo' titled "The Medicine Man," and recently teamed up with filmmaker Julia Golonka to create a video for their 2008 track "Motel In Memphis," raising funds for Nashville's community-based grassroots organization Gideon's Army.
In 2020, the band's East Nashville-based Hartland Studio became home to their regular "Hartland Hootenanny" live stream variety show, which returns on Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. eastern for a special holiday episode featuring special guest Brittney Spencer. The show will broadcast live on the band's YouTube and Facebook.
Old Crow is currently on tour and will return to the Ryman Auditorium for their annual New Years Eve performances on Dec. 30 and 31. Tour dates are:
Dec. 10-11 – Nashville, Grand Old Opry
Dec. 16 – Kansas City, Mo., Uptown Theater
Dec. 17 – Newkirk, Okla, 7 Clans Casino
Dec. 27 – Greenville, S.C., The Peace Center
Dec. 28 – Knoxville, Tenn., Tennessee Theatre
Dec. 30-31 – Nashville, Ryman Auditorium
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