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Old Crow Medicine Show performs at ETSU

By Kenneth Medley
On April 27, 2014

  • Old Crow Medicine Show performs at ETSU headlining the Student Government Association’s sponsored Spring Concert. Kenneth Medley

Editor's note: This story was written in advance of last night's performances. An article about the concert will appear in Thursday's issue.
The band that is most famous for singing "Wagon Wheel" has come to ETSU. If you have never heard the song then you haven't been in Johnson City long enough. I have gone out and talked to many people around campus and all seemed to be excited about this concert. There are those that did not care who was playing, but nobody seemed to be disappointed with the line-up.
Old Crow Medicine Show received their start in upstate New York where they would wander the streets playing their music for any one person to hear.
By chance they found themselves in Boone, N.C., playing in front of a pharmacy, of all places. There they caught the eye of folk music icon Doc Watson, whom immediately invited them to play at his MerleFest. This helped launch the band's career that hasn't slowed down since.
Old Crow has relocated to Nashville since playing MerleFest nearly 15 years ago and have had a roller coaster of a career. They have gone on world tours, sold more than 800,000 albums, become reoccurring guest on "A Prairie Home Companion," and played many music festivals like Bonnaroo. They have even taken part in a film documentary called "Big Easy Express" where they traversed America in a vintage train with Mumford and Sons, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, spreading the joy that is folk music.
Old Crow has released four studio albums, one of which is titled "Tennessee Pusher," that all carry their classic folk sound; the album Tennessee Pusher has the song "Wagon Wheel" and even a song that mentions Mountain City.
ETSU, being one of the only schools to have a major in bluegrass, is the perfect venue for a band like Old Crow Medicine Show. Here there are students that have possibly played Old Crow's music in class as a project or a warm-up song. Many have been waiting for this concert.
One student said he has friends driving from Memphis to be a part of the experience this show is sure to be.
This show will be open to the public, and the age restriction of 18 has been lifted for this concert. Inviting the public is a great way to generate revenue for future events here and a way to reach out to community that supports us.
We have an obligation to become part of Johnson City and not turn them away when there is something on campus that the community will enjoy.
Many students I talked to liked the idea of allowing the public in, not only for the revenue but also for the equality.

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