Old Crow Medicine Show “Whirlwind” – Listen

OCMS, as we call them using the vernacular, are back. ‘Whirlwind’ is the latest song to be premiered from the group’s new album ‘Volunteer’ which is due out April 20th in the UK. It’s the closing track to the album and lead singer Ketch Sector told RS that he found inspiration for it when he remembered a story he heard on one of the band’s long road trips. “When I sat down to write ‘Whirlwind,’ I thought of my friend Gill Landry’s paternal grandparents,” he said. “They had just had some kind of major wedding anniversary, like 60 or 70 years. They got married when they were teenagers in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. There’s a great power in the story of a marriage taking place amidst the great uncertainty of massive social upheaval that was happening all around with that generation, particularly in the rural south. And that kind of story becomes a universal one in the context of country music, because no matter what your twist or your hurricane is, you’ve gotta ride it out.”

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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years and still feels like this is his pretend job, mainly because it is.

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