OCMS ready Dylan tribute album

And after you’ve read this if you want to see them BURST into Columbia Nashville unannounced (the bare faced arrogance) then watch the clip below. Rolling Stone Country reports: “In May 2016, Old Crow Medicine Show paid tribute to Bob Dylan’s 1966 masterpiece Blonde on Blonde with a live re-creation of the album at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The Grammy-winning roots-music group, known for transforming a Dylan song sketch into the ubiquitous hit “Wagon Wheel,” recorded the performance and will release 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde on April 28th. 

The project doubles as Old Crow Medicine Show’s first release for Columbia Nashville. After a career as a primarily independent act, the group is now signed to Sony Music Nashville and announced their addition to the major label’s roster with an impromptu performance of Blonde on Blonde’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.” (Watch the video above.) Blonde on Blonde was itself released on Columbia.

“Fifty years is a long time for a place like Nashville, Tennessee. Time rolls on slowly around here like flotsam and jetsam in the muddy Cumberland River,” wrote Old Crow’s singer and fiddle player Ketch Secor in an essay on their upcoming Dylan tribute. “But certain things have accelerated the pace of our city. And certain people have sent the hands of the clock spinning. Bob Dylan is the greatest of these time-bending, paradigm-shifting Nashville cats.”

Old Crow Medicine Show were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2013 and remain staples of the country-music institution, performing regularly. They’ll launch a tour in support of 50 Year of Blonde on Blonde on May 4th in Santa Barbara, California.

Here are Old Crow Medicine Show’s upcoming [Europe] tour dates:

June 24 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
June 25 – Glasgow, UK @ O2ABC
June 28 – London, UK @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
June 30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield is the long-suffering editor of Americana UK, conceiving the idea in a dark room in 2001, although he ran out of words to personally review anything in about 2007.

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