In May 2016, Old Crow Medicine Show paid tribute to Bob Dylan's 1966 masterpiece Blonde on Blonde with a live re-creation of the album at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The Grammy-winning roots-music group, known for transforming a Dylan song sketch into the ubiquitous hit "Wagon Wheel," recorded the performance and will release 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde on April 28th.
The project doubles as Old Crow Medicine Show's first release for Columbia Nashville. After a career as a primarily independent act, the group is now signed to Sony Music Nashville and announced their addition to the major label's roster with an impromptu performance of Blonde on Blonde's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35." (Watch the video above.) Blonde on Blonde was itself released on Columbia.
"Fifty years is a long time for a place like Nashville, Tennessee. Time rolls on slowly around here like flotsam and jetsam in the muddy Cumberland River," wrote Old Crow's singer and fiddle player Ketch Secor in an essay on their upcoming Dylan tribute. "But certain things have accelerated the pace of our city. And certain people have sent the hands of the clock spinning. Bob Dylan is the greatest of these time-bending, paradigm-shifting Nashville cats."
Old Crow Medicine Show were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2013 and remain staples of the country-music institution, performing regularly. They'll launch a tour in support of 50 Year of Blonde on Blonde on May 4th in Santa Barbara, California.
Here are Old Crow Medicine Show's upcoming tour dates:
May 4 - Santa Barbara, CA @ The Granada Theatre
May 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 6 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
May 8 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
May 10 - Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
May 12 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Hall at Eccles Theater
May 13 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
May 14 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
May 20 - Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
May 22 -Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
May 24 - New York, NY @ The Town Hall
May 25 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
May 28 - Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang
May 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
May 31 - Columbus, OH @ EXPRESS LIVE!
June 1 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
June 2 - Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
June 8 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
June 9 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
June 10 - St. Paul, MN @ The Palace Theatre
June 11 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
June 12 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
June 24 - Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
June 25 - Glasgow, UK @ O2ABC
June 28 - London, UK @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
June 30 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso