July 12, 2014
Old Crow Medicine Show's 8 Essential Americana Albums of the Last 15 Years (MIKE AYERS, 7/09/14, WSJ)
Posted by Orrin Judd at July 12, 2014 8:51 AMFor the last 16 years, Nashville-based roots band Old Crow Medicine Show have slowly risen the Americana ranks after being discovered busking in Boone, N.C. by bluegrass legend Doc Watson. They've recorded eight studio albums, the latest being "Remedy," a 13-song LP that continues blending country, folk and bluegrass for another stand-out Americana album.Listening to any of the band's albums, you can instantly recognize that they're well-versed in traditional songwriting - and like a lot of Americana, their work transcends boundaries. A song from their 2004 self-titled debut, "Wagon Wheel," became a hit for country star Darius Rucker last year and nabbed the band their first platinum-selling single. That song was first started by Bob Dylan as a "musical sketch" in 1973 and later turned over and finished by Secor. The band did a similar thing with another unfinished Dylan tune on "Remedy," with their single "Sweet Amarillo."For Old Crow Medicine Show's vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ketch Secor, that word stirs up a lot of emotions. "You're not getting turned on to Americana music by mass media," he said in an interview. "The way this music finds its way into your life is because your best friend tells you about it. It has a more of a personal connection. As connected as we are supposedly are, there's a real disconnect. This music has a real connecting force to it. That's why it gets into you. With my own records, when I talk to people about what they like about it, they often share the story of when they first heard it. That can be a defining moment."Here Secor walks us through eight albums he sees as defining moments in the last 15 years of Americana music - check out his picks below and stream them via Spotify.