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Country - Released April 20, 2018 | Old Crow Medicine Show - Columbia Nashville

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Country - Released April 28, 2017 | Old Crow Medicine Show - Columbia Nashville

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Old Crow Medicine Show performed a pair of Blonde on Blonde concerts at the Country Music Hall of Fame's theater in May of 2016, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's double album. Nearly a year later, 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde arrived as their first release on Columbia Records. Containing cherry-picked highlights from the two concerts, 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde finds the Americana group running through the entirety of Dylan's masterwork, and what makes the performance work is that they play with gusto and verve, not respectful reverence. Certainly, the group knows the album backwards and forwards, but that familiarity also means that they're free to turn some songs inside out. "One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" is performed as a ballad, "Obviously 5 Believers" turns the blues song into bluegrass and they treat "Pledging My Time" in similar fashion, plus they give "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" a strong backbeat. Even when sticking largely to the original arrangements, the group performs with a giddiness that gives the music a fresh kick, and that energy is what makes this record something a little bit more than a run-of-the-mill tribute. Old Crow Medicine Show perform Dylan's songs as if they belonged to the band and, in a sense, that might be true: any album that survives 50 years belongs to the world at large, and what's fun about 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde is hearing how Old Crow Medicine Show hear an album you know by heart. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Folk/Americana - Released March 28, 2017 | Nettwerk Records

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Country - Released March 28, 2017 | Nettwerk Records

Country - Released June 25, 2013 | ATO Records

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Though Old Crow Medicine Show are seemingly ever present on the recording scene, they have released only four studio albums in their eight-year career, in addition to a couple of live offerings. They have often filled the gap with singles and EPs, and this entry is no exception. Carry Me Back to Virginia (not to be confused with the album of the same name) contains three tracks. There is the stomping title track arranged as a sprinting bluegrass-cum-fiddle tune. It's a dance number that almost no group of floor denizens could keep up with, and has more in common with the attack of the Pogues than it does Bill Monroe. Second up is an alternate version of "Ain't It Enough" from the same album. It's five seconds longer than the original, and driven more by its pronounced bassline than by guitars and banjos, though they still figure prominently. It's louder, less sweet, and more effective than the album cut. The last track amounts to an addition to the band's catalog, even if it is a cover: "Dixieland Delight" first appeared on the excellent High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama, released earlier in 2013 on the independent Lightning Rod Records. This is as close as Old Crow Medicine Show gets to straight country, led by banjo, strummed acoustic guitars, and a whining dobro. While the vocal harmonies aren't as rich as Alabama's, they don't need to be; this is far less polished, more direct than the original (which doesn't mean the same thing as being superior to it), and is as heartfelt an homage to a great song as one is likely to hear. It does contain a nice twist in its speedy rush to the close, turning a back porch country love song into a barnstormer. This EP is obviously aimed at the group's hardcore following, and getting the cover track to those who might not otherwise make that purchase. ~ Thom Jurek
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Folk/Americana - Released March 28, 2017 | Nettwerk Records

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Folk/Americana - Released September 23, 2008 | Nettwerk Records

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Country - Released April 28, 2017 | Old Crow Medicine Show - Columbia Nashville

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Folk/Americana - Released September 28, 2010 | Nettwerk Records

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Country - Released February 17, 2015 | ATO Records (AT0)

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Country - Released January 1, 2012 | ATO RECORDS

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Folk/Americana - Released March 28, 2017 | Nettwerk Records

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Country - Released July 1, 2014 | ATO Records (AT0)

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Folk/Americana - Released March 28, 2017 | Nettwerk Records

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