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Old Crow Medicine Show

If you like tales of cocaine and depravity mixed with gospel/soul tinges and down-home twang, Old Crow Medicine Show has just what you're looking for. The members of the bluegrass-meets-blues outfit are fervent — one might even say fanatical — disciples of Gillian Welch's partner in crime, David Rawlings, and play toe-tapping, foot-stomping ditties designed to bring down any house they play. And, of course, the support of indie music industry fans like Rawlings, Welch, and iconic country-folk legend Doc Watson hasn't hurt the band's credibility or its career. While the group is clearly inspired by early country and blues, later influences like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and even Nirvana are readily apparent. The band's frenetic pace highlights its instrumental fluency, while their lyrics provide humorous, sardonic anecdotes. Listeners should expect a raucous, rocking live show from this "bluegrass" quintet.
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Tracy M. Rogers