The Old Crow Medicine Show recently visited BMI's Nashville office to become affiliated with the organization. The band plays songs from some of the earliest traditions of American music: tunes from jug bands and traveling shows, back porches and dance halls, southern Appalachian string music and Memphis blues.
(front) Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor, Morgan Jahnig and Critter Fuqua, (back) BMI's David Preston, Old Crow Medicine Show's Kevin Hayes and Willie Watson
photo: Brian Tipton
Lead vocals are covered by Ketch Secor and Willie Watson, with Willie on guitar and Ketch on fiddle and harmonica. Critter Fuqua joins in on vocals and plays five-string banjo, accordion, and slide guitar. Kevin Hayes plays the guitjo, a six string banjo that plays like a guitar, once popular in jazz and swing music of the 20's, and Morgan Jahnig beats the doghouse bass.
Two years ago the band relocated from North Carolina to Nashville to perform weekly at the Opry Plaza and for the Grand Ole Opry’s 75th Birthday celebration. OCMS made their Grand Ole Opry debut on the Ryman Auditorium stage on January 13, 2001, where they received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic audience and went on to perform five Opry shows in 2001.
The Old Crow Medicine Show has opened for some of America’s finest musical talent including Del McCoury, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Robert Earl Keen, Junior Brown, Doc Watson and the Blind Boys of Alabama. The Crows have appeared in several documentaries including PBS’s "American Roots Music" series; "In the Valley Where Time Stands Still," a film about the history of the Renfro Valley Barndance; and an upcoming documentary produced by Marty Stuart for the Country Music Hall of Fame.
OCMS is currently recording a new album in in Nashville's RCA Studio B with David Rawlings producing.