Best Tent Revivalists: Old Crow Medicine Show
"Did you bring your dancing shoes to Bonnaroo?" Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor asked the crowd gathered for the Nashville string band's Saturday-sunset performance slot on the Which Stage. Yes, the audience did – and they also had weed, which fans enthusiastically sparked up as the group sang the "everybody must get stoned" chorus of Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," their opening song. Aside from the Grand Ole Opry – Old Crow are members, and they closed out the Nashville institution's Sunday-night broadcast from That Tent – there's no better forum for the band's rollicking jams than Bonnaroo. The wild-eyed Secor shuffled back and forth for a vigorous harmonica breakdown; mandolinist Cory Younts showed off his possessed-by-the-spirit dancing; and the rock-steady Chance McCoy helped hold it all together on acoustic guitar and backing vocals. The group may still be adapting to life on a major label (they released Volunteer via Columbia Records this year), but they've never been more in the zone onstage. J.H.