Old Crow Medicine Show Raises Awareness About Climate Change With New Single, Video

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Old Crow Medicine Show premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Used To Be A Mountain’ Tuesday. Th song is featured in the band’s latest album, Paint This Town. It is the record’s fourth single behind ‘Honey Chile,’ ‘Bombs Away‘ and the album’s lead single/title track.

The video for the new single features vintage footage of work taking place on a mountain collecting coal from the structure. Workers are seen walking from the mine along with footage of mine cars traveling tracks inside the mine.

Ketch Secor talked about the environmentally-minded theme in the song’s lyrics.

“‘Used To Be a Mountain’ is a song that wrestles with the issues facing Appalachia today,” Secor said. “I think that the Intrepid spirit of the mountaineers of the coal fields of the Southern Highlands and Appalachia are some of the hardest and most important for bearers of the American dream. I think that when you take away the natural beauty and destroy the ecology of places, you don’t have a whole lot left to rebuild with.”

Secor added, “I know there’s a lot of folks that are hurting right now in the communities of the coal fields. This song is there to both reflect that hurt and to ask the question, can we do something better for these folks? Can we do something better for these mountains, these hills, the flora and fauna, for anybody who wants to breathe clean air and drink clean water in Appalachia?”

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single has all of its trademark bluegrass leanings. The mood in the arrangement however is not the light, upbeat approach taken in the album’s other singles. It is more firm and serious in its sound. The mood that such sound and stylistic approach sets helps to further illustrate the message in the song’s lyrical content.

OCMS’ environmental activism reaches beyond its new single. The band has also partnered with Cumberland River Compact, a nonprofit aimed at providing clean water and enhancing water resources to its community. The partnership is aimed at helping both sides raise awareness about the impact of climate change.

In other news, Old Crow Medicine Show is in the midst of a tour in support of its new album. The tour’s remaining dates are noted below.

Old Crow Medicine Show Tour Dates:

July 8 – Marshfield, MA @ Levitate Music and Arts Festival 

July 15 – Grass Valley, CA @ California WorldFest 2022 

July 30 – Floyd, VA @ Floydfest 

More information on Old Crow Medicine Show’s new single, video, album and remaining tour dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.crowmedicine.com

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Old Crow Medicine Show Debuts Album’s Third Single, ‘Honey Chile’

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Old Crow Medicine Show is giving audiences another preview of tis new album.

The band debuted the latest single from its forthcoming album, Paint This Town Tuesday in the form of ‘Honey Chile.’ The song’s musical arrangement takes the band in a somewhat different direction from those of its predecessors, ‘Bombs Away‘ and the album’s lead single/title track. In the case of this latest single, the arrangement quickly lends itself to comparison to that of Steve Earle’s hit single, ‘Copperhead Road.’

The song’s lyrical theme meanwhile takes on the all too familiar topic of a broken relationship.

In other news, Old Crow Medicine Show recently announced a handful of new live dates in support of its new album. The brief run is scheduled to launch March 25 in Richmond, KY and to run through July 30 in Floyd, VA.

The scheduled for the tour, which follows another tour that the band wrapped Dec. 31, is noted below.

Old Crow Medicine Show Tour Dates:

March 25 – Richmond, KY @ EKU Center for the Arts

March 26 – Greenville, SC @ The Peace Center 

April 23-24 – Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival

April 30 – Wilkesboro, NC @ MerleFest 

June 4 – McKinney, TX @ KHYI’s 26th Texas Music Revolution

July 8 – Marshfield, MA @ Levitate Music and Arts Festival 

July 15 – Grass Valley, CA @ California WorldFest 2022 

July 30 – Floyd, VA @ Floydfest 

More information on Old Crow Medicine Show’s new single, video, album and remaining tour dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/crowmedicine

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Old Crow Medicine Show Debuts New Album’s Second Single, ‘Bombs Away’

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Old Crow Medicine Show premiered the latest single from its new album this week.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Bombs Away‘ Tuesday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album, Paint This Town, which is scheduled for release April 22 through ATO Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single/title track last month.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Bombs Away’ is a stark contrast to that of ‘Paint This Town’ Where ‘Paint This Town’ is more comparable to works from the likes of Bob Dylan, ‘Bombs Away’ is more of a pure bluegrass composition.

Front man Ketch Secor talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“I realized something about my song ‘Bombs Away’ when my new girlfriend played the Kacey Musgraves’ album Star-Crossed on a recent road trip,” he said. “I realized that ‘Bombs Away’ is a song about divorce. Bobby Braddock wrote what I believe to be the genre’s epitome when he spelled it D-I-V-O-R-C-E, but my song about life’s detour through Splitsville is far more breakneck, full of fiery fiddling, lyrics more spat than intoned, focusing upon that final phase of the Big D.”

Added Secor, “‘Bombs Away’ is a song about acceptance. And not of the keel over and die variety, instead it’s a whole-hearted without-a-net leap, a jump-from-the-airplane kind of acceptance, one in which the singer obliges his fate and decides that ‘If I can’t learn to fly let me fall.’ We all crash. We all burn. And if you can accept that, then you might just get through it, hobble home from the impact site, and start living again. Because the only trail down the mountain spelled D-I-V-O-R-C-E  is the one spelled S-U-R-V-I-V-E, and since that’s the path to take, you might as well start now, pierce the air, take the plunge, commence falling. What are you waiting for? Bombs away.”

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Paint This Town Tracklist

1. Paint This Town 

2. Bombs Away

3. Gloryland

4. Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise

5. Honey Chile

6. Reasons To Run 

7. Painkiller

8. Used To Be A Mountain 

9. DeFord Rides Again 

10. New Mississippi Flag 

11. John Brown’s Dream 

12. Hillbilly Boy 

In other news, Old Crow Medicine Show also announced a handful of new live dates this week. The short run is scheduled to launch March 25 in Richmond, KY and to run through July 30 in Floyd, VA.

The scheduled for the tour, which follows another tour that the band wrapped Dec. 31, is noted below.

Old Crow Medicine Show Tour Dates:

March 25 – Richmond, KY @ EKU Center for the Arts

March 26 – Greenville, SC @ The Peace Center 

April 23-24 – Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival

April 30 – Wilkesboro, NC @ MerleFest 

June 4 – McKinney, TX @ KHYI’s 26th Texas Music Revolution

July 8 – Marshfield, MA @ Levitate Music and Arts Festival 

July 15 – Grass Valley, CA @ California WorldFest 2022 

July 30 – Floyd, VA @ Floydfest 

More information on Old Crow Medicine Show’s new single, video, album and remaining tour dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.crowmedicine.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OldCrowMedicineShow

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/crowmedicine

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Old Crow Medicine Show Announces New Album Details; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Old Crow Medicine Show is scheduled to release its next album next spring.

The band is scheduled to release its new album, Paint This Town April 22 through ATO Records. In anticipation of the album’s release, the veteran bluegrass band premiered the album’s lead single — the album’s title track — and its companion video Wednesday.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Paint This Town’ is an upbeat composition. Instead of the familiar bluegrass sounds for which the band has come to be known over the course of its life, this song presents more of a neo-folk/country sound and stylistic approach. It is immediately comparable to works from the likes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Audiences can even argue that there is a little bit of Reckless Kelly influence audible in the song.

Front man Ketch Secor said in a prepared statement, the song’s lyrical theme is a tribute to rural America.

“This song is about growing up in a small town, and having to make fun wherever you could find it,” he said “Our band has always drawn its inspiration from those elemental American places, where water towers profess town names, where the Waffle House and the gas station are the only spots to gather; this is the scenery for folk music in the 21st century. And the John Henry’s and Casey Jones of today are the youth who rise up out of these aged burgs undeterred, undefeated, and still kicking.”

The video treatment for the song matches the theme that Secor discussed. It features two coming-of-age stories of sorts, with the two separate subjects coming together with friends to enjoy the band’s music.

‘Paint This Town’ is one of 12 songs that make up the body of Paint This Town. The album’s track listing is noted below.

Paint This Town Tracklist

1. Paint This Town 

2. Bombs Away

3. Gloryland

4. Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise

5. Honey Chile

6. Reasons To Run 

7. Painkiller

8. Used To Be A Mountain 

9. DeFord Rides Again 

10. New Mississippi Flag 

11. John Brown’s Dream 

12. Hillbilly Boy 

In other news, Old Crow Medicine Show is wrapping up its current tour. The tour’s remaining dates are noted below.

Old Crow Medicine Show Tour Dates:

December 10 – Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry

December 11 – Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry

December 16 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater

December 17 – Newkirk, OK @ 7 Clans Casino 

December 27 – Greenville, SC @ The Peace Center 

December 28 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre

December 30 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium 

December 31 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium 

More information on Old Crow Medicine Show’s new single, video, album and remaining tour dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.crowmedicine.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OldCrowMedicineShow

Twitter: https://twitter.com/crowmedicine

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Willie Nelson Is First Place This Year With “Last Man Standing”

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Country music is big business nowadays.  One need only look at shows like The Voice and America’s Got Talent to see that.  Also, look at the ratings for the Country Music awards shows that air on television every year, as well as the overall record sales and the glut of country music stations airing the past, present and future of the genre nationwide.

Keeping in mind the popularity (and ongoing success) of said genre, it is only fitting for the genre to get its own list of the year’s top new albums.  Phil’s Picks has compiled its own list of those albums, and it — like the noted radio stations — features a who’s who of country music’s past, present and future.

Topping this year’s list is Willie Nelson’s new album Last Man Standing.  The “Red-Headed Stranger” is in fine form in this latest offering, contemplating mortality, friends lost along life’s long road and some other, deeper topics.  Musically speaking, Last Man Standing is just good, old-fashioned country; everything that country music purists enjoy.

Second on this year’s list is fellow country musician John Prine and his new album The Tree of Forgiveness.  The soul in his lyrical themes and his performance make this song so powerful.  It is an album that every country music purist needs to hear.

Taking the third spot in this year’s list is Shooter Jennings, Waylon’s boy.  Shooter is everything that audiences have come to expect from him over the course of his career.  Yet again, listeners get more growth both musically and lyrically from the outlaw country musician that continues to place Jennings in his very own place separate from his contemporaries.  Again, this is another must for those who want to avoid all of the pop country that currently pollutes the country music scene today.

Moving on, the rest of this year’s list features some unexpected names and some more familiar names mixed in for good measure.  As always, the list features 15 total names and titles.  The top 10 are the best, and the next five are honorable mention titles.

Without any further ado, here is the Phil’s PIcks 2018 top 10 New Country Music Albums list.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW COUNTRY MUSIC ALBUMS

  1. Willie Nelson — Last Man Standing
  2. John Prine — The Tree of Forgiveness
  3. Shooter Jennings — Shooter
  4. Old Crow Medicine Show — Volunteer
  5. Jason Charles Miller — In The Wasteland
  6. David Michael George — 1,000 Yard Stare
  7. Eric Church — Desperate Man
  8. Pistol Annies — Interstate Gospel
  9. Kenny Chesney — Songs for the Saints
  10. Brothers Osborne — Port Saint Joe
  11. DeVotchka — This Night Falls Forever
  12. Dierks Bentley — The Mountain
  13. Devin Dawson — Dark Horse
  14. Patricia Vonne — Top of the Mountain
  15. Sugarland — Bigger

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OCMS’s New LP Will Impress Fans New And Old

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Old Crow Medicine Show has only released four albums so far in its time together.  In that time, the band has amassed legions of fans around the world.  Listening to the band’s previous three full length studio releases, it’s no wonder why so many people have become fans of this Nashville, Tennessee based bluegrass band.  The band’s most recent album, Carry Me Back is even more proof of that.  The album is old school bluegrass at its finest.  Even having gone through a lineup change after the release of its last album, OCMS has shown that it hasn’t missed a step.  If anything this sextet of professionals has gotten even better than before this time out.

Carry Me Back opens with its title track.  The balance of the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin along with the vocals of Kevin Hayes make for a strong link back to bluegrass’ Celtic roots.  For those who perhaps don’t know, much of bluegrass and country is rooted deeply in old Celtic music.  Lyrically, it’s an interesting piece.  It tells of a soldier in the Civil War.  Hayes sings about a person wanting to go back to Virginia after fighting in the war.  He sings, “I’m a rebel boy/Born on the banks of the Shenandoah/In ’61 I went to the war/To win one for Virginia/Yeah my brother went first/Then they called me, too/I was green as a clover in the morning dew/So I marched to the drum/And we sang to the tune/Carry me back to Virginia.”   The song goes on, telling of the soldier’s experience on the frontline, seeing other soldiers die around him, and being sent to the hospitals to have limbs amputated, yet he still fights for his Southern pride.  It’s an interesting piece, and a good opener for this album.

From here, the band moves into what can only be described as one of the album’s most interesting tracks in ‘We Don’t Grow Tobacco.’  That’s first and foremost because of the vocals.  If a listener didn’t know any better, one would think that this song was being sung by none other than the late great Hank Williams, Sr.  It’s somewhat fitting that it would sound like Williams, as it comes across as a true old school style country song in its mournful lyrics.  Presented here is the story of someone looking at the changing of the guard so to speak.  The figure in the song sings about how the old way of growing tobacco for income is no more.  He sings, “Grandpa told me this I know/Change is coming/Won’t be slow/Knocking just like thunder at the door/Fallow fields are all around/Empty barns just falling down/Ironweed is coming up through the floor/Once we growed it by the pound/Now the kids all moved to town/And all that’s left are elderly and poor/Now I sure am sad to say/That I lived to see this day/That we don’t grow tobacco round here no more.”  Anyone who has ever driven through the country sides of this country have seen exactly what this song is about.  It really hits home, thinking about it.  The crux of the song isn’t so much about a region not growing tobacco anymore, though.  It’s more about a way of life going by the wayside.  That’s what makes it such a good song.  Despite that introspective lyrical vibe, the song’s musical vibe doesn’t come across as being too sad.  That mix of emotions makes this song another high point to Carry Me Back

For the emotion of Carry Me Back, OCMS also offers its listeners something with a little bit of an edge to it.  ‘Country Gal’ will put a grin on any listener’s face, male and female.  It’s a laid back song that expertly mirrors the song’s somewhat naughty lyrics with a little bit of word play at the same time.  The title of the song says it all.  The lyrics drive it all home.  Hayes sings in this song, “Baby’s on the bench seat/Ready to go/So if you wanna have fun/honey/Let’s have a roll in the hay/Good lookin’ country gal/hey good looking country gal/Mouse in the corn crib/Pig in the pen/pitchforks turn/Just to circle again/It’s a barnyard two-step/Do-si-do/Raising up a ruckus/’Til the rooster crows.”  There’s no doubt what this one’s about.  Yes, it’s got an edge of sorts to it.  But it’s also a fun song that will entertain any older audience because of how it gets its message across.  It’s just one more of so many enjoyable songs on the band’s new album.  There are also slower pieces such as the album’s closer, ‘Ways of Man’, the Bob Dylan-esque ‘Aint It Enough’, and ‘Genevieve.’  They all come together to make an album that shows where Old Crow Medicine Show has been and where it still plans to go in the years to come.  Carry Me Back is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered direct via the ATO Records website at http://atorecords.shop.musictoday.com/Product.aspx?cp=126_54314&pc=ATCD106.

Fans can also take in the band’s new album live as the band is out touring in support of Carry Me Back now.  The band will be at the Capitol theater in Madison, Wisconsin on Thursday, November 15th.  It will also have a semi-hometown show later this month on the 25th in Memphis, Tennessee.  Audiences can get a full tour run down and all the latest news from the band online at http://www.facebook.com/OldCrowMedicineShow and http://crowmedicine.com

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