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Interview:
Old Crow Medicine Show, Brandi Carlile combine for Americana nirvana revue
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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When Old Crow Medicine Show teamed up with singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile for a couple of shows last year, it didn't take long to feel like there was more to be explored between them.

And that planted the seeds for this summer's Old Crow Medicine Show & Brandi Carlile Revue 2016.

"When we got with her, it just became sort of an instant, like, long-lost cousins thing. We were family real quick, and that's been the feeling ever since," OCMS's Ketch Secor says of Carlile by phone from his home near Nashville. "Our kind of folk music is maybe a little more traditional and her kind of folk music is a little more progressive, but it works well together and we had a lot of fun with each other.

"We quickly realized that it might be really fun to circle our wagons together and do a big run."

And, he adds, the idea is to indeed be fully together rather than a traditional two-act situation.

"We have worked out a couple of tunes, covers, some of our songs with her and some of her songs with us," says Secor, who's a Detroit Tigers fan through family living in Toledo. "I'm sure it'll be even more collaborative throughout the summer in the spirit that every show is it's own thing, y'know?

"It's really exciting to bring our crowds together, to see the snuff-spitting, bearded hillbilly types who like us shouldering up to the same-sex couple that came to see (Carlile). He drives a jacked-up pickup truck and they drive a Subaru, but they're all singing along."

Secor and OCMS plans to give fans more to sing along to in the near future. The group has just finished recording a follow-up to 2014's Grammy Award-winning "Remedy" in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb. And it will also be releasing its performances of Bob Dylan's landmark "Blonde On Blonde" album that it performed for the Country Music Hall of Fame, continuing a band relationship with Dylan that includes a collaboration on OCMS' 2004 hit "Wagon Wheel."

"That was more like a recitation than a performance," Secor recalls. "It was powerful, man. It was really wonderful to do somebody else's work in its entirety, start to finish, and be challenged to do it and rise to the challenge. We wrote all sorts of new arrangements and had a wonderful time.

"I mean, it's really easy to look at American music like a museum piece behind the glass and ooh and ahh at it. But Old Crow always has a policy of busting through the glass, so that's what we did here, too."

Crow Medicine Show and Brandi Carlile Revue 2016

7 p.m. Saturday, July 16.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $29.50-$59.

Call 313-471-6611 or visit olympiaentertainment.com.


Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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