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Fuqua returns to Old Crow Medicine Show

Monday, May 13, 2024 – Founding Old Crow Medicine Show member Christopher "Critter" Fuqua has returned to the band, the band announced today.

Fuqua replaces Mason Via, who left the band earlier this year.

Following a four-year hiatus, Fuqua, who plays banjo among other instruments, will be re-joining the group on their current Jubilee Tour in support of their GRAMMY-nominated album of the same name and 25th anniversary, with new dates just announced, including two performances at the Grand Ole Opry on May 17 and 18.

Since co-founding Old Crow Medicine Show, Fuqua has performed with the band on seven studio albums including the GRAMMY Award-winning "Remedy." He wrote and sang lead vocals on "Take 'Em Away" and "Big Time In the Jungle."

"It stirs me to my very soul to share the good news that my oldest and dearest friend is coming back to join Old Crow onstage," said Ketch Secor about the return of Fuqua. "We started this band together as teenagers out of a shared love for traditional music, songwriting, rock 'n' roll, and the road. All these years later and we're still harmonizing, what a joy."

"My relationship with the band is a bit like a Saturn 5 rocket," said Fuqua. "For whatever reason, I need to leave sometimes. I achieve an escape vector from the gravitational pull of Old Crow, then I'm off into space, orbiting, floating in zero gravity in my capsule. But I always seem to come around again, shooting through the atmosphere, my pod landing in the ocean. The boys picked me up again. I'm so glad they did. I really missed them."

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