Old Crow Medicine Show coming to music center

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Americana band will be joined by Mipso and Amythyst Kiah

Staff Report


Old Crow Medicine Show is bringing a healthy dose of classic American roots music to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Aug. 27, along with rising stars Mipso and Amythyst Kiah.

With an old-time string sound fueled by punk rock energy, Old Crow Medicine Show has influenced acts like Mumford & Sons and contributed to a revival of banjo-picking string bands playing Appalachian and Americana music.

The special Sunday performance is a new addition to the Roots of American Music Series of concerts this summer at the outdoor amphitheater on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax.

A music center spokesperson said the band had an opening in its touring schedule, and Executive Director Richard Emmett was able to book them for a show after the summer concert series had been set.

Amythyst Kiah will open the afternoon concert at 4:30 p.m., followed by Mipso, and the show will continue with Old Crow Medicine Show starting at 7 p.m. This show replaces a concert with just the opening bands, which was originally scheduled for Aug. 26.

In 1998, Old Crow Medicine Show started busking on street corners in New York and Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, N.C., where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy.

He invited the band to play at his annual music festival, MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Shortly thereafter, the band was hired to entertain audiences between shows at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Since these humble beginnings, the band has gone on to be inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry and has won Grammy awards for Best Folk Album for “Remedy” (2014) and Best Long Form Music Video for “Big Easy Express” (2013).

Their classic single, “Wagon Wheel,” received the Recording Industry Association of America’s platinum certification in 2013 for selling more than 1 million copies.

Old Crow Medicine Show has toured the world playing renowned festivals and venues such as Bonnaroo, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Cambridge Folk Festival, Coachella, London’s Roundhouse, The Ryman Auditorium, The Barclays Center, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Fox Theater in Atlanta, The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Summerstage in Central Park NYC, the Newport Folk Festival, and several appearances on NPR's “A Prairie Home Companion.”

They’ve also toured with artists such as Willie Nelson & Family, Brandi Carlile, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, John Prine and The Avett Brothers.

Old Crow Medicine Show now has five studio albums to their name, on which they craft classic American roots music.

Their latest release, “50 Years of Blonde on Blonde (2017),” is a live recording of Bob Dylan's classic album.

Before the show, Piedmont Land Conservancy will offer a hike on High Meadow Trail on the campus of the Blue Ridge Music Center. The guided excursion will begin at 2 p.m. This easy leg-stretcher trail will take visitors through a hayfield and wetland with an abundance of wildflowers and birds. It also winds through a forest with a rich display of ferns and rock outcrops.

The show is sponsored by Great Outdoor Provision Co., 88.5 WFDD, The Law Offices of Timothy D. Welborn and WNCW 88.7.

The Galax Smokehouse and Creek Bottom Brewing will be food vendors for the concert.

Tickets are $38 for adults and $22 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on July 10 and will be available at BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org or by calling (866) 308-2773, ext. 212. The show is from 4:30-9 p.m. on Aug. 27. Blue Ridge Music Center is at 700 Foothills Road in Galax, or Milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.