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The Old Crow Medicine Show
Eutaw (OCMS)

By: Mark. A Lawrence the IV

The Old Cow Medicine Show is foot stomping, hand clapping, shining music if I've ever heard it. These Boys can shake the howler and make the dead dance in their graves, then turn around and put tears in a hard Revenuer's eyes. Their old style of sinful bluegrass is the kind that makes preachers pray for their congregations, with this six piece band, including boys plucking on banjos, strumming guitars (gee-tar-s), sawing fiddles, and one boy slapping an Upright Doghouse Bull Fiddle that's darn near bigger than him. The energy of this band can only be surpassed by seeing them live which I've been lucky enough to do. You can tell that these boys love playing their music, and when you see them live there is a sincere feeling that if it's for an packed audience or for no one at all the same synergy would exist between these powerful musicians. Their independently released CD Eutaw, is effective in capturing the electricity of their live shows pressed on plastic. Getting started right with "Raise A Ruckus", and "Tear It Down" two jumping numbers to get the whisky pouring and the blood flowing. In the same light "Cocaine Habit" has a fun ragtime feel to it. On the other end, " The Silver Dagger" and "Lonesome Road Blues" demonstrates their skill to execute mournful songs with soulful singing from Ketchum Secor, that hints of classic country crooners and 60's soul-men all at the same time.

Rating: B+.

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