2017 Spring/Summer Country Preview: 25 Anticipated Albums, Festivals

From new releases by Angaleena Presley and Jason Isbell to annual blowouts like Stagecoach and CMA Music Festival

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Old Crow Medicine Show
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Old Crow Medicine Show

Album: 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde
Release Date: April 28th
All roads lead back to Bob Dylan for Old Crow Medicine Show. Fourteen years after they released their signature song, "Wagon Wheel" – a reworking of an old Dylan outtake – the Virginia natives are tackling a full-on recreation of the man's Nashville classic, Blonde on Blonde. Recorded at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum last year on the 50th anniversary of the release of the Nobel Prize winner's masterpiece, Old Crow's Ketch Secor sees it as much as a tribute to Music City as it is to Dylan himself. "Certain people have sent the hands of the clock spinning. Bob Dylan is the greatest of these time-bending, paradigm-shifting Nashville cats," he wrote in a recent essay about the record, rock's first double LP. 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde is the band's first with Columbia, the same label that released the original. J.G.

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