Old Crow Medicine Show signs with Columbia Nashville
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
– Old Crow Medicine Show signed with Columbia Records Nashville, it was announced today.
OCMS will release a cover of Bob Dylan's classic "Blonde on Blonde" on April 28, entitled "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde."
This is not the first time that OCMS and Dylan have been grouped together. Lead singer Ketch Secor and Dylan have co-writes on "Wagon Wheel" from the band's self-titled 2004 album. The song later became a hit for Darius Rucker.
The band, which has been together since 1998, also will launch the Old Crow Medicine Show Performing Blonde on Blonde tour. Kicking off in Santa Barbara, Cal. on May 4, the band will perform the album in its entirety at each show. The tour will hit 26 cities including Los Angeles, New York City, London, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. with more dates to be announced.
The 14-track album was recorded live at the CMA Theater located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville in May 2016.
"Fifty years is a long time for a place like Nashville, Tenn. Time rolls on slowly around here like flotsam and jetsam in the muddy Cumberland River. 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," said Secor.
"By deciding to record his newly found rock n' roll voice in 1966 Nashville, Bob swung the gates of country music wide open; so wide, in fact, that 50 years later there was still enough of a crack left for Old Crow Medicine Show to sneak its banjos and fiddles through the gates with string band swagger."
Band members are Secor, Critter Fuqua on banjo and guitar, Kevin Hayes on guitjo, Morgan Jahnig on bass, Chance McCoy on fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin and Cory Younts on mandolin, drums and percussion. The group had been most recently on ATO Records and Nettwerk prior to that.
The band has released nine albums with "Carry Me Back" and "Remedy" its two most recent releases. Old Crow's last three albums all reached the top five of the Billboard country albums chart.
Old Crow will be on the Sony Music Nashville/Columbia Records Nashville imprint.
Tour dates are:
May 4 Santa Barbara, CA @ The Granada Theatre
May 5 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 6 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
May 8 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
May 10 Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
May 12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Hall at Eccles Theater
May 13 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
May 14 Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
May 20 Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
May 22 Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
May 24 New York, NzY @ The Town Hall
May 25 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
May 28 Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang
May 30 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
May 31 Columbus, OH @ EXPRESS LIVE!
June 1 Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
June 2 Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
June 8 Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
June 9 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
June 10 St. Paul, MN @ The Palace Theatre
June 11 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
June 12 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
June 24 Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
June 25 Glasgow, UK @ O2ABC
June 28 London, UK @ Shepherd's Bush Empire
June 30 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
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