Old Crow Medicine Show Sets Tour, Release Date for 'Remedy'
Old Crow Medicine Show has a cure for whatâ€™s ailing fansâ€”its new album Remedy.
Today the Nashville sextet announced the July 1 release of its fifth album and latest foray into, as OCMS fiddler Ketch Secor describes, â€ścountry music for people who think country music needs a whoopinâ€™.â€ť
The first single from Remedy is slated to be â€śSweet Amarilloâ€ť which, like Old Crowâ€™s breakout 2004 hit â€śWagon Wheel,â€ť has its origins in early 1970s recording sessions for Bob Dylanâ€™s soundtrack to Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. As with the earlier cut, â€śSweet Amarilloâ€ť was left in its embryonic demo stages when Dylan wrapped the recording for his soundtrack to the 1973 Sam Peckinpah western. Working from an unreleased bootleg of the sessions, Secor embellished the structure, added lyrics (and shared songwriting credits with Dylan, of course), and hopes â€śSweet Amarilloâ€ť will be a repeat of the platinum-selling success the band enjoyed with â€śWagon Wheel.â€ť
Other album highlights include the prison yarn "Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer,â€ť a rave up titled "8 Dogs 8 Banjos," plus the soft ballads "Dearly Departed Friend" and â€śFirewater.â€ť
In support of Remedy, the band plans to head out this summer on its most ambitious headlining tour to date, kicking its five-month road trip off May 22 at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile, Alabama before hitting stops at Red Rocks, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Roundhouse in London. Opening acts will include Shovels & Rope, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Parker Millsap.
Not bad for a group that started out as a rag-tag collection of small-town North Carolina buskers.
Check out the above video of OCMS performing "Wagon Wheel" live at the Grand Ole Opry in 2013.