Old Crow Medicine Show Invited to Join Grand Ole Opry
Old-time string band Old Crow Medicine Show were taken by surprise last Friday night at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio, when they were invited to become members of the Grand Ole Opry. They will formally be inducted into the Opry on Tuesday, September 17th.
Near the end of the group’s performance, Grand Ole Opry member and country music icon Marty Stuart surprised them on stage and asked if they’d like to become the next members of the legendary establishment. Old Crow members answered with a resounding yes and hands in the air while the sold-out crowd responded with a standing ovation. Stuart and the band then combined forces on “We Don’t Grow Tobacco” before the band launched into their signature fan favorite “Wagon Wheel".
"From our humble beginnings on street corners to finding acclaim on stages worldwide, our eyes have always been on one prize in particular. More than anything else Old Crow Medicine Show has wanted to be a part of the Grand Ole Opry," said OCMS multi-instrumentalist Ketch Secor. “To join the company of those brilliant, bright stars who first shot across country music's most celestial stage—Roy Acuff, Deford Bailey, Uncle Dave Macon, Maybelle Carter, Sarah Cannon—is the finest company that any picker could ever hope to keep.”
Old Crow Medicine Show has toured the world, sold over 800,000 albums, and recently won a Grammy for “Best Long Form Music Video,” as part of the documentary Big Easy Express documentary.
The band has cultivated a diverse and rabid fan base, spanning from college students to traditional music purists, with their raucous blend of high-energy old-time and folk music. They have appeared on Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion, Late Night With Conan O’Brien and have performed at renowned festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella and the legendary Newport Folk Festival.
In May, the band's single "Wagon Wheel" received the RIAA's Platinum certification for selling over one million and has become a universal folk anthem.
Old Crow Medicine Show got their start busking on street corners throughout New York and Canada, winning audiences along the way.
The band eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina, where they caught the attention of legendary folk musician Doc Watson who invited them to play at his Merlefest Festival, helping to launch their career. Shortly after, the band relocated to Nashville for a residency at the Grand Ole Opry, where they entertained the crowd between shows.
Carry Me Back, the band’s most recent full-length release on ATO Records achieved critical acclaim and marked the highest chart position and best first week sales in their recording career.
OCMS is Secor (fiddle, harmonica, banjo, vocals), Gill Landry (slide guitar, banjo, vocals), Critter Fuqua (guitar, slide guitar, banjo, vocals), Kevin Hayes (guitjo and vocals), fiddler Chance McCoy (guitar, fiddle, banjo, vocals), Morgan Jahnig (upright bass), and Cory Younts (mandolin, keyboards, drums, vocals.
The musicians are finishing up a year-long tour in support of their new EP Carry Me Back To Virginia which was released on August 6.
To watch a video of the band being surprised onstage and invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, click here.