Old Crow Medicine Show / Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys

Conjuring up vintage sounds meant to be played on a porch deep in the Smokies, or maybe at a moonshine-fueled hoedown in a rickety barn, Old Crow Medicine Show trades in string-band music, folk, and bluegrass from another era yet informed by the likes of Gram Parsons, the Band, and even a punk ethos. With tight vocal harmonies and well-honed acoustic instrumentation straight out of the mountains, the group's finely detailed original story-songs reveal a subversive contemporary attitude, from the tragic ballad "Genevieve" ("With your love like fire/And your heart like a guillotine") to the galloping breakdown "Sewanee Mountain Catfight," both from their strong fourth album, Carry Me Back. Sticking even more tenaciously to roots is opener Chuck Mead, former BR5-49 co-leader, whose Grassy Knoll Boys teamed up with bunch of Nashville studio vets on Back at the Quonset Hut, vividly resurrecting country and honky-tonk standards like Roy Acuff's "Wabash Cannonball," Hank Williams's "Settin' the Woods on Fire," and Gene Vincent's "Be Bop a Lula." (Photo by Crackerfarm)
Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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