Announced on Monday, August 19, critically acclaimed old-time strong band Old Crow Medicine Show have been taken aback with their recent invitation join as members to the Grand Ole Opry during their performance at The Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland, Ohio. The formal induction will take place at the Opry on Tuesday, September 17.
Country music legend and Grand Ole Opry member, Marty Stuart, surprised them on stage inquiring if they'd like to become the next prestigious members of the Grand Old Opry. Of course, all of the guys in the band said "Yes!" with high fives and a sold-out crowd providing a standing ovation. Stuart then sang with them on "We Don't Grow Tobacco," before they sang their breakout song, "Wagon Wheel."
Responding to the honor, OCMS fiddler Ketch Secor says "From our humble beginnings on street corners to finding acclaim on stages worldwide, our eyes have always been on one prize in particular. More than anything else Old Crow Medicine Show has wanted to be a part of the Grand Ole Opry. To join the company of those brilliant, bright stars who first shot across Country Music's most celestial stage--- Roy Acuff, Deford Bailey, Uncle Dave Macon, Maybelle Carter, Sarah Cannon--- is the finest company that any picker could ever hope to keep.”
The band has toured the world, received enormous amounts of critical and fan praise, and sold over 800,000 albums. They recently won a Grammy for "Best Long Form Music Video" as part of the documentary Big Easy Express. The guys have a large fanbase, due to their constant touring as well as perfoming for a varied amount of festivals, and their fans range from college students to older generations. Their appearances have been seen on Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion, Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The festivals they have performed at on numerous occasions are Bonnaroo, Coachella and Newport Folk Festival. I have recently seen them at Louisville, Kentucky's Forecastle Music Festival, and the crowd was absolutely mystified and in awe of these guys!
In May 2013, their infamous single, "Wagon Wheel," received the RIAA's Platinum certification for selling over one million and "has become a universal folk anthem."The band got their start "busking on street corners throughout New York and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit." Doc Watson discovered them in Boone, North Carolina and invited them to play at his own Merlefest Festival, which significantly boosted their career. Old Crow Medicine Show relocated to Nashville with a residency at the Grand Ole Opry, in which they entertained the crowd between shows.
Their most recent release is with Carry Me Back, a full-length album that has also received critical acclaim. The album released on ATO Records, their record label. It reached the #1 chart position, along with best first week sales in their recording career.
Old Crow Medicine Show is:
Ketch Secor- Fiddle, Harmonica, Banjo and Vocals
Critter Fuqua- Slide Guitar, Banjo, Guitar and Vocals
Kevin Hayes- Guitjo and Vocals
Morgan Jahnig- Upright Bass
Gill Landry- Slide Guitar, Banjo and Vocals
Cory Younts- Mandolin, Keyboards, Drums and Vocals
Chance McCoy- Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, Vocals
The band are currently finishing up a year long tour in support of their new EP Carry Me Back To Virginia which was released on August 6th.
Watch the guys being invited by Marty Stuart to become inducted into the Grand Ole Opry as members by clicking the video tab at the top left of this article.
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Source: All Eyes Media press release