Old Crow Medicine Show’s latest effort, Tennessee Pusher offers new material with touches of their trademark sound without tripping on the potentially cliche “old-time jug band” image.
The Nashville-based quintet is made up of banjos, a fiddle, guitars, upright bass, a harmonica and a guitjo combined with tight harmonies and distinctive solos.
Their third album on the Nettwerk label, and the first not produced by David Rawlings, Tennessee Pusher is also their first album that consists of almost entirely original tunes. The exception being Always Lift Him Up by Blind Alfred Reed.
Produced by Don Was, the 13 tracks range from rollicking parties (Humdinger) to addictions (Methamphetamine) to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (Hotel in Memphis). Favorites from live shows like Crazy Eyes and Caroline also make their studio debut.
Other highlights include the opening number, Alabama High-Test which features what sounds like Gillian Welch on backing vocals as well as a catchy chorus and the slower, almost ballad-like Highway Halo.
OCMS is also on tour this fall, their tour schedule can be found on their website: www.crowmedicine.com.
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