Combining American standards with original compositions that blend roots, folk, blues, gospel, bluegrass and rock, Old Crow Medicine Show makes modern traditional music that demonstrates “an abillity to play fast and loose with old-time music, yet with healthy respect for the traditional path they’ve chosen.
The quintet met in New York state and hit the road, where they impressed Doc Watson so much that he schedules the band to play at MerleFest. They were soon playing the Grand Ole Opry and winning over fans and critics alike.
Their self-titled debut release made Country Music Television’s top ten bluegrass albums of the year and the New Yorker wrote it is full of “heartbreaking, plunky ballads and unfastened fiddle tunes charged with youthful vigor.” The release and their energetic live performances helped make the Nashville-based band regulars on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Slate Magazine wrote that on their sophomore release 2006’s Big Iron World “backed up the swagger of their debut with a more powerful, cohesive set of songs that make exceptional use of the arrangements and melodies of traditional folk music in reflecting emotions and perspectives that are alternately timeless and contemporary.”