Review: Old Crow Medicine Show


Old Crow Medicine Show Concert Review

The Egyptian Room at Old National Center

Saturday, December 13 

“In the past year we released an album, played shows in 41 states and we’ve spent a lot of that time as the newest inductees of The Grand Ole Opry. We’ve also been nominated for a Grammy… in the category of ‘folk’, which we will gladly accept until Nashville remembers that this is what country music sounds like.” – Ketch Secor

WARNING: This review of Saturday night’s Old Crow Medicine Show concert at Old National Center is going to seem way too positive. It’s going to be disgustingly sweet in its approval. Diabetics should probably stop reading right now; the praise is going to be that sweet. Could a band put on that good of a show?

Well, they did, and it was phenomenal.

The show kicked off with “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”, a toe-tapping number that so eloquently extols the lone perk of criminal incarceration because, "doing hard time just got a little hotter.” The set list was an all-out assault on the ears — from the quick paced and bluegrassy “Carry Me Back” to the mournful and lamenting "Warden." The pace of the show was never too fast or too slow; it was just right and always kept the crowd engaged and wanting more. All seven members were showcased at one point or another during the show, many playing multiple instruments.

Ketch Secor never missed an opportunity to let the crowd know how much the band enjoyed playing in Indiana, go as far to play the Jackson 5’s “Goin’ Back to Indiana”. The highlight of the night was when OCMS broke out signature song, “Wagon Wheel”, and the show became a sing-a-long.The encore consisted of an amazing cover of The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and, I kid you not, a bluegrass version of The Bangles “Walk Like an Egyptian” (to commemorate the show being played at The Egyptian Room, natch.)

The energy that OCMS and the songs they've written is easily translated and felt by the crowd. It is clear that this is a band that is proud of their work and genuinely enjoys playing live. I will never miss another show of theirs anytime that they come to Indianapolis. 


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