Folk music purists might argue that Old Crow Medicine Show don’t actually play traditional bluegrass, old-time country, or any of the other Americana labels they routinely get slapped with. There’s a certain punkish disregard to the band’s frenzied acoustic tangle — which nods to the last hundred years of American vernacular music, from the Carter Family through Black Flag — and spirit trumps nearly everything else. Carry Me Back, the band’s latest LP, follows a substantial personnel change (Willie Watson, once a lead vocalist and guitar player, was officially replaced by founding member Critter Fuqua, who’d been notably M.I.A. for the last several years), but the band’s heart is still intact: Carry Me Back is full of hometown longing (the album’s title track), harmonica-honking odes to once-in-a-lifetime love (“Ain’t It Enough”), and hard-time, pass-the-jug stompers (“Mississippi Saturday Night”). It confirms somewhat definitively that Americana is, in fact, more a feeling than a sound — and that feeling is something like joy.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.09.14 in Lists
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By Stephen M. Deusner on 07.02.14 in Reviews
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By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.06.12 in Collections
It can be difficult keeping up with the weekly avalanche of new music, but if you've missed out on the recent crop of releases from ATO Records, you're doing yourself a serious injustice. There's the rollicking update on...