Much has been made of the band's punk leanings, but I don't hear it.If you're familiar with Craig Wedren, chances are you know him from one of two domains: as the frontman and vocalist of weirdo, 1990s post-hardcore act Shudder to Think, or as the prolific film and TV composer. Surely, then, these guys play tongue-in-cheek bluegrass covers of rock 'n' roll songs, à la Hayseed Dixie. Old Crow Medicine Show may look irreverent, but they have old souls. The band scored their biggest coup when they joined up with producer David Rawlings, best known for his work with New Folk leading light -- and fellow old soul -- Gillian Welch. On a string band album, capturing the musicians' sense of community and camaraderie is as important -- if not more important -- than the songs themselves. Born in the Baltimore/DC area, Jack Fisher is a lifelong comic book fan and aspiring writer. Take a closer look and you'll discover these same hip guys toting their instruments: upright bass, fiddle, banjo. would all be for naught if their album wasn't so sharp. Rawlings-as-producer keeps things simple -- it is a string band album, after all -- and his laissez-faire approach allows the listener to appreciate the interplay between fiddle, guitjo, bass, guitar, and banjo on tunes like "Trials and Troubles" and "We're All in This Together". Not only playing but internalizing old-time string band music and introducing it to 21st century audiences while still remaining true to the genre's roots will prove to be Old Crow Medicine Show's lasting musical contribution. It says a lot about Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and the Empire as a whole, when that evil is so far-reaching that blowing up a planet is no more ambitious than Joffrey cutting out someone's tongue.In an interview, band members Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua described how they had bonded over Dylan's songs as teenagers, and that the 50 Years...project was a natural extension of that collaboration.The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong.Ketch Secor (vocals, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, bajo sexto, guitar, banjo), Chris "Critter" Fuqua (vocals, banjo, guitar, bottleneck guitar, resonator guitar, accordion, 1998-2004, 2012-present), Willie Watson (vocals, guitar, banjo, 1998-2011), Kevin Hayes (guitjo, vocals), Morgan Jahnig (upright bass), Gill Landry (guitar, 2007-15), Chance Mc Coy (guitar, fiddle, banjo, vocals, 2012-present), Cory Younts (mandolin, keyboards, drums, percussion, harmonica, Jew's harp, vocals, ?
Soon they were opening for "everyone from Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton to Ricky Skaggs and Del Mc Coury . were sold, behind a "rigorous tour schedule and a memorable live show"; what CMT regarded as "an impressive number for a new band that didn't know much about record deals and everything that goes with it." Big Iron World (2006), another Rawlings production, added a sense of urgency on new songs like "I Hear Them All". They've participated in three of the show's Cinecasts, all from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, "seen on movie screens across North America." The Big Surprise Tour featuring Old Crow, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, the Felice Brothers, and Justin Townes Earle kicked off in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire August 2009.Both Watson and Gould dropped out of school and formed the band The Funnest Game. Every album and every outtake of every album and every live record I could get my hands on and every show I could go see live. in (2004), he discovered Dylan credited the phrase "Rock me, mama" to bluesman Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, who likely got it from a Big Bill Broonzy recording.Fuqua, school friend and future bandmate, first brought home a Bob Dylan bootleg from a family trip to London containing a rough outtake called "Rock Me, Mama" (from the "Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid" soundtrack sessions) and passed it to Secor. A few months later, while attending Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and "feeling homesick for the South," he added verses about "hitchhiking his way home full of romantic notions put in his head by the Beat poets and, most of all, Dylan." Dylan was a major influence on the young musician, as he puts it: "I listened to Bob Dylan and nothing else. I was a teenager who was really turned on to Bob." Secor says it ". was an outtake of something he had mumbled out on one of those tapes. As Secor says: "In a way, it's taken something like 85 years to get completed." The song would be an early entry in the group's catalog when it formed a few years later. S." in 2004), the song would become the group's signature song—going gold in 2011 and platinum in 2013.They busked their way west across Canada and circled back east again in the Spring of 1999 when they moved into a farmhouse on Beech Mountain, near Boone, North Carolina.They were embraced by the Appalachian community, and their repertoire of old-time songs grew as they played with local musicians." Certain her father would be impressed, she led the blind musician over for a listen.