Old Crow Medicine Show played to a boisterous crowd at the MAC in Prestonsburg, KY on Wednesday Night (1/28/09). The weather outside was cold/snowy and many folks in the area were without power (including myself) due to an ice storm that had hit a day earlier. However, the Crows came with a 2 1/2 hour set that broke through the ice and provided some much needed heat and power.
The show was the first of the year for the Crows as Willie Watson/Ketch Secor sang their hearts out. Numerous songs were played from their 2008 release Tennessee Pusher including Alabama High-Test, Methaphetamine, Mary's Kitchen, Caroline, Tennessee Pusher and the party song Humdinger. The song was introduced by saying it was wrote out by the dumpster behind the building. Guit-jo player Kevin Hayes took his turn on the vocals on this one. Another new song was introduced by Ketch Secor. He described a trip in which he hitchhiked from the Wal-Mart parking lot in Pikeville, dropped off in Paintsville, then caught a ride to Fort Gay, WVA, and then picked up by 2 meth-heads from Jackson County Ohio. He said all the while he felt like he had a guardian angel watching over him as he led into Highway Halo.
The older favorites like James River Blues and I Hear Them were played as well. As always they brought the house down with Tell It To Me and Wagon Wheel. The later being a fan favorite and a great sing-along song.
[OCMS - Wagon Wheel/Tell It To Me]
For the encore and concert closer an appropriate song was played; a cover of The Everly Brothers song Kentucky.
"Kentucky, You are the dearest land outside of Heaven to me
Kentucky, I miss your laurels and your redbud trees
When I die, I want to rest upon your graceful mountains so free
For that is where God will look for me"
A great show for a cold January's night and afterwards the band stuck around for photos and autographs.
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