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Old Crow Medicine ShowAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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Old Crow Medicine Show got its' start busking on street corners in New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He immediately invited the band to ... Read more in Amazon's Old Crow Medicine Show Store

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  • Audio CD (February 10, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B00019JQHI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tell It To Me
2. Big Time In The Jungle
3. Poor Man
4. Tear It Down
5. Hard To Love
6. CC Rider
7. Trials & Troubles
8. Hard To Tell
9. Take 'em Away
10. We're All In This Together
11. Wagon Wheel

Editorial Reviews

During the "folk music-scare" of the early 1960s, a bunch of white middle-class youths with names like the Greenbriar Boys and the Even Dozen Jug Band discovered the mountain music of the Stanley Brothers, Skillet Lickers, and Uncle Dave Macon and set about introducing it to the country's college kids. Four decades later, the members of OCMS fit the profile of those early revivalists, yet if anything they have tapped deeper into the primal elements of an American art form. As demonstrated on their debut, they have assimilated not just the sound--banjos, harmonicas, acoustic guitar and bass--but more importantly the haunting spirit of music that was made to keep hard times at bay. How else to explain their ability to take a well-worn chestnut like "CC Rider" and infuse it with an energy that reveals once again why it is a classic? Not content to live completely in the past, they wrote "Big Time in the Jungle," which, though it is about Vietnam, could easily be transposed to 2004's desert conflicts. Kindred spirit and producer David Rawlings (Gillian Welch's longtime collaborator) has kept their energy intact, but one can only wonder what sort of magic they must deliver live. --Michael Ross

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alt-grass September 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The music of OCMS is not traditional old-timey or bluegrass music, you might call it Alt-grass to describe the harder edge and rock sensibility they bring to this genre. Regardless of the name you give to their music, OCMS is a *great* album. I agree with the earlier reviewer who said this album is an excellent bridge for people who are new to bluegrass music. My twenty-something son saw the band on Conan and downloaded this album that night.

I recently saw OCMS in concert (opening for Gillian Welch) and they were on fire. I bought their earlier self-produced live album at the show and I gotta say, I like this studio record better. Their songwriting has matured and their instrumental virtuosity takes a backseat to the song itself. Hightlights are "Big Time in the Jungle", "Wagon Wheel", and the rollicking "Tell it to Me".

There isn't a bad track on this entire CD, buy it and enjoy the talents of these wonderful young musicians.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go to a live show! April 15, 2005
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These guys will awe you. It was so good that I couldn't help but to laugh in spite of myself. The music and energy they projected was incredible. I saw them a couple of weeks ago at a show in Tennessee. It was a private farm, rolling hills, thick tall timber. I had no idea what was in store for me. They ripped up the front porch of that farmhouse with melodies and sheer, uninhibited enthusiasm. Wave after wave of mind blowing tunes, punctuated by the delight of plain old unselfconscious getting down, blasted me to a new level of musical appreciation. They were broadcasting that night, not with a weak radio antenna, but with music. You couldn't get with earshot of the porch without feeling a buzz. That was some powerful stuff.

The night couldn't have been better either, cold with a huge bonfire, a blanket of stars, and the best group of friends you could ever hope to be around. No one was a stranger. Who could have been, really? I kept thinking, where was the rest of the world? Did they know about this? And if so, why weren’t they here? What do I have to do to get more? I'm hooked, I'm a junkie. I need my next fix.

I feel I was let in on something that night, something very special. Standing around the bonfire, a guy told me, "A ray of light follows these guys." And I swear it does. If you can't see it, feel it, taste it like the twang from tinfoil in your mouth, then your dead, that’s all there is to it. They will lift you and you won't come down for weeks, perhaps a part of you never will.

Buy their CD, get a taste, because that's all it is, a sip. Go to the source and sate yourself, there's an abundance. Thanks Old Crow, I'll see you at Jazz Fest.
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100 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There Ain't a Thing for a Poor Man September 25, 2004
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Old Crow Medicine Show is derivative, there's no doubt about that. We plainly have five boys who discovered they loved bluegrass and decided they wanted to record some of their own. They aren't mountain children. But we can see that by looking at the cover photograph.

What matters is that they have singled out the best of modern bluegrass to imitate, and they have imitated it with confidence and skill. They're not trying to play their banjos like guitars or making other mistakes I might make in their shoes. Their selection of classic bluegrass tunes, like "CC Rider" and "Poor Man," show they're familiar with the sound of classic mountain music. And original songs like "Big Time in the Jungle" and "Wagon Wheel" blend well with the classic material while still moving the group forward as artists.

An astute listener will spot this for a debut album in a minute, but it's a strong debut full of promise and a show of strong skill. This is No Depression music, and it has chutzpah. If only real country radio would play it, we'd know what it is to have a pop style stand for something again.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars being from appalachia... January 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I can tell you that these boys are worth the price of a cd. I eat lunch at least once a week at the place where doc watson discovered these yankees so you can trust me when I say that these guys are the real deal. Cut the derivative talk... if Doc says they are cool than no one else has a say in the matter...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars College kids will love this February 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Unbelievable. I just found out about this band and thought it was worth the risk, because, lets face it, the contemporary state of bluegrass is pretty boring, aside from a few really good artists who have been around for awhile. Nobody was exploding onto the scene. Until now. I'm about to graduate from law school in PA and only a couple years removed from UVA, and I can tell you, the southern college scene, and maybe the national college scene, is ready to embrace music like this. This is bluegrass with passion. The ballads are steeped in emotion and power, the way the Carter Family use to warble until it made your hair stand up on end. CC Rider is done with knowledge and care, like old time legendary classics should be. But then they give something to it that its never had. The rave ups are the best, and deservedly so, will get the most attention. "Tear it" has the best speed harmonies I've ever heard. The original composition "Tell" is awesome as well. But the last track is the strongest. Some of these songs are better than Man of Constant Sorrow and deserve airplay. These guys were meant to play together. You couldn't get a better combination of vocal styles and harmonies by two front men if you scoured the countryside looking for it. I love the Stanleys, JE Mainer, and Monroe, these guys, at least on this album, sound right up there with them to me (I know that's a strong statement, but I said THIS ALBUM only). This album, at least I think, is a classic. But only time will tell. If you are new to bluegrass it will turn you into a fan instantly. If you're an old fan, come into it with an open mind like I did, and you will be shocked at how smart and traditional, as well as new and raw these guys are.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn your ears inside out and give you a cardiorgasm!!!
Admittedly, I'm only 75 and still quite naive but these five rugrats blew me back to the sixties and landed me in the middle of next year right, out there at Point Dume, talkin'... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Frank D. Robinette
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ol fashion medicine
just good ol fashion music, folky, good beat, easy listening. Sounds like music yud hear in the south, i areckon.
Published 21 days ago by misbehavedave
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Country
I would consider the music a little more country than blue grass. That said, it was still fun to listen to.
Published 1 month ago by Henry Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars OCMS ROCKS!!
OCMS (Band and Album) are fantastic and I can't recommend them highly enough!! Their music is rich, with great lyrics and beautiful musicianship! Try them!
Published 1 month ago by Tim O'Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy music!
I've enjoyed this band ever since my older brother introduced me to Wagon Wheel from an old online video of an outdoor performance (not their official music video - a different one... Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Price
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great.
If you like "raw" roots music, you may like this better than me. It's not smooth, it's not polished. It's what I would expect at a regional bluegrass competition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Henry Mowry
5.0 out of 5 stars great
If you're a fan of Old Crow Medicine Show, then you need this Album. Lots of great tunes on it, the sound is clear and vibrant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome music
Awesome music. This band is great. It is feel good music that is true talent. I would highly recommend it to others
Published 2 months ago by Tisha Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars sounds
The lads at their best, excellent selection of many favorites, lots of fun to listen to. A good companion to DVD "OCMS at the Orange Peel"
Published 3 months ago by mauimike
4.0 out of 5 stars MOre than just Wagon Wheel
Bought it for Wagon Wheel and then found several more good listening songs. Great CD to drive to. Fun music
Published 5 months ago by K. J. Masten
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