With combined sales totaling over 280,000 albums, an appearance on the “Austin City Limits” TV show, two performances on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” multiple appearances on “A Prairie Home Companion,” various NPR programs and the Grand Ole Opry, Old Crow Medicine Show (OCMS) prepares for the September 23 release of their third album, “Tennessee Pusher,” and tour.
Their 16-date US tour starts on September 18 in Philadelphia, PA and concludes on November 13 in Seattle, WA, with more concerts to be booked. OCMS will play multiple nights in Washington, DC; New York, NY; Nashville, TN; and San Francisco, CA. Prior to the American tour, they will perform three concerts in the UK.
“Tennessee Pusher,” produced by Don Was (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt), features 13 infectious tracks that offer a virtual American road trip, populated with characters that seem to span a century of the South. Down and outers, hustlers, freight hoppers are just some of the characters portrayed. OCMS continues to create their special blend of American roots, rock, blues and country, but on “Tennessee Pusher,” the band has truly found their own voice. With the exception of “Always Lift Him Up” by Blind Alfred Reed, all of the tracks on the album are OCMS originals. Guest musicians include Jim Keltner (John Lennon, Neil Young, and Brian Wilson) on drums and Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) on Hammond C-3 organ.
“People ask me what The Old Crow Medicine Show are all about,” Was said in a statement. “If I’m in a hurry, I just say that they’re The Clash of bluegrass music but that doesn’t really do anyone any justice. I could tell ’em that they’re a rock ‘n roll band who use fiddles and acoustic guitars instead of Les Pauls and Marshal Stacks, but that’s only one small part of the story. They’re an American Band – even more so than Grand Funk Railroad! In fact, it’s not hyperbolic to say that, as musicians, songwriters and singers, they are the smartest and finest purveyors of American music to come down the pike in decades.”
Old Crow Medicine Show itinerary:
(Dates subject to change)
|September 3||Manchester, UK||Club Academy|
|September 4||Edinburgh, UK||Liquid Room|
|September 6||London, UK||Shepherd’s Bush Empire|
|September 18||Philadelphia, PA||Electric Factory|
|September 19-20||Washington, DC||9:30 Club|
|September 24||Boston, MA||Berklee Performance Center|
|September 26-27||New York, NY||Webster Hall|
|September 28||Norfolk, VA||Town Point Park|
|October 9-10||Nashville, TN||Ryman Auditorium|
|October 11||Louisville, KY||Palace Theatre|
|October 18||Chicago, IL||Riviera Theatre|
|November 6||Los Angeles, CA||Henry Fonda Theatre|
|November 7-8||San Francisco, CA||The Fillmore|
|November 12||Portland, OR||Crystal Ballroom|
|November 13||Seattle, WA||Moore Theatre|
Last Updated on July 3, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen