As confirmed via an official late night Grand Ole Opry post, much loved Americana group Old Crow Medicine Show gave more of a show than they probably planned on when they took the stage Friday night (8/16). Recently resurfacing in news and other talk again after Darius Rucker's cover of the song "Wagon Wheel," the seven member string band is a fan favorite at the closing in on 100-year-old legendary musical institution. And after their performance they might just have had to be wheeled out of the room - because that's when they were asked to join the Opry permanently. Opry member Marty Stuart did the honors.
"In 1925, there was a show started in Nashville called the Grand Ole Opry," Stuart said. "It was founded on a traditional fiddle tune. It was founded on hard-hitting old-time music. It was founded on being a good-natured riot. And it’s been going on for 88 years. It’s a great American story. Would you all consider becoming a part of this great American story and becoming Grand Ole Opry members?”
Old Crow members of course answered with a resounding yes and threw their hands in the air. The sold-out crowd responded with a standing ovation. Stuart and the band then combined forces on “We Don’t Grow Tobacco” before the band launched into its signature crowd favorite, “Wagon Wheel.”
This shows a notable step in a great direction for the Opry. OCMS's official induction is slated to happen on Tuesday, September 12th. If you feel called to (or maybe that should be cawed to) purchase tickets you can find them at the Opry's website here. Rising star singer/songwriter Eric Paslay, who co-wrote the Eli Young Band hit "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" is also already on the schedule as are Hunter Hayes, Diamond Rio and Dustin Lynch. If you can't make it in person you should be able to listen online on 650 AM WSM's website.
“Inviting Old Crow to become our next member is truly exciting for us,” said Pete Fisher, Opry Vice President and General Manager. “For one, Old Crow has grown before our eyes from entertaining Opry-goers for free in the Opry Plaza a dozen years ago to rank today among the most respected and popular acts in music. The band leaves the audience wanting more every time it takes the Opry stage, or any stage."
“It’s also exciting that in many ways Old Crow looks and sounds a lot like some of the string bands of the 1920s which helped first propel the Opry to national prominence,” Fisher continued. “While recent Opry inductees and contemporary hit-makers such as Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and others will help shape the Opry in coming years, our future is also in excellent hands with this group which happens to be quite reminiscent of our musical past. It’s an awesome full circle.”
If you're an OCMS fan (or even if you're not) then feel free to give a taste of your own medicine by weighing in with some thoughts in the comments section below.
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