Persbericht, vrijdag 4 februari 2022

Op 22 april verschijnt het nieuwe album van Old Crow Medicine Show “Paint This Town”. “Bombs Away” is de tweede single/videoclip van dit nieuwe album. OCMS wordt op de single bijgestaan door Molly Tuttle op de banjo.

Ketch Secor: “It’s a song about acceptance. And not of the keel over and die variety, instead it’s a whole-hearted without-a-net leap, a jump-from-the-airplane kind of acceptance, one in which the singer obliges his fate and decides that ‘If I can’t learn to fly let me fall.’ We all crash. We all burn. And if you can accept that, then you might just get through it, hobble home from the impact site, and start living again. Because the only trail down the mountain spelled D-I-V-O-R-C-E  is the one spelled S-U-R-V-I-V-E, and since that’s the path to take, you might as well start now, pierce the air, take the plunge, commence falling. What are you waiting for? Bombs away.”

“Paint This Show” werd co-geproduceerd door Matt Ross Spang (bekend van o.a. John Prine en Jason Isbell) en opgenomen in Old Crow Medicine Show’s eigen Hartland Studio te Nashville. Mede hierdoor klinkt OCMS’s zevende studio-album als een heerlijke wervelwind vol ‘creative freedom’ en zorgde het voor ‘reviving the band’s spirit of pure abandon’. Het is een fijne mix geworden van traditionele ‘old-time / mountain / bluegrass / folk / country music’ met de meer ‘rocking roots’ versie van jaren ‘70/’80-grootheden als Bob Seger, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen en John Cougar Mellencamp. De OCMS-sound is dus niet enkel weggelegd voor fans van bands als The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band en The Flying Burrito Brothers, maar zeker ook voor liefhebbers van huidige ‘roots music’ bands als The Mavericks, My Morning Jacket, The Wallflowers en Drive-By Truckers.

On their whirlwind new album “Paint This Town” Old Crow Medicine Show offer up a riveting glimpse into American mythology and the wildly colorful characters who populate it. The most incisive body of work yet from the Nashville-based roots band (a two-time Grammy Award-winning juggernaut whose triumphs include induction into the Grand Ole Opry and double-platinum certification for their iconic hit single “Wagon Wheel”), the album pays homage to everyone from Elvis Presley to Eudora Welty while shedding a bright light on the darker aspects of the country’s legacy. Fueled by Old Crow’s freewheeling collision of Americana, old-time / mountain / bluegrass / country music, folk and rock & roll, their seventh studio album “Paint This Town” – co-produced by Matt Ross Spang (John Prine, Jason Isbell) – relentlessly pulls off the rare and essential feat of turning razor-sharp commentary into the kind of songs that inspire rapturous singing along; “We feel a great obligation to talk about the more difficult things happening out there in the world, but we also feel obligated to make sure everyone’s having a great time while we do it. We do it with a song and dance”.

7 februari 2022
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