Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show’s best and most popular song is “Wagon Wheel,” roughly half of which was written by Bob Dylan. Finding his way through old Dylan tapes in high school, frontman Ketch Secor stumbled upon a sketch of a song called “Rock Me Mama,” from an outtakes session to the soundtrack for Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. He liked the chorus, to which he added his own verse, and began performing it live. (Secor and Dylan have since signed a co-writing agreement.) The story is an apt example of what Old Crow Medicine Show does musically: digging through the American-folk catalog and repurposing what is found into something its own. If that sounds like it’d be boring performed live, it’s not: The group’s shows possess a verve and a vigor far better-suited to a joint that serves drinks than to a museum.

Categories: Music