Since breaking onto the scene, the Old Crows have made a huge impression with their blending of traditional country, folk, blues, jug band music and bluegrass fueled by a ton of energy . That has made them firm favourites at festivals in Europe as well as their native homeland, the US. Comprising of Ketch Secor, Willie Watson, Gill Landry, Morgan Jahnig and Kevin Hayes are, as this DVD illustrates an innovative ensemble who give it their very all and more on stage.
Blending story-ballads within a structure awash in swirling fiddle, guitar, driving upright bass and six-string guitjo championed by Hayes audience and band alike at the gigs in Asheville, North Carolina and Knoxville, Tennessee on December 4th and 5th (2008) respectively have themselves a ball.
With no less than twenty-one songs feature as the listener is well served. After the likes of ‘Trails & Troubles’ and a frenetic version of ‘Sally Anne’ that shakes not only the rafters of the building but those across the street lead the way many a lesser act would be at a loss what to do next, but not Secor and whom with Watson on harmony vocals and a heap of fiddle deliver ’Wagon Wheel’ (Dylan/ Secor) that has the audience go wild and who also lend vocal support. It is barnstorming stuff, and with ‘Tell It To Me’ and Secor now of harmonica and the boys playing like crazy the brilliance of the Old Crows hits the listener full on.
I saw this young outfit at the Cambridge a few years ago and was impressed big time, and my view of their musical acumen hasn’t changed. Their studio albums though good their work on stage is another class as the joy and energy factor is caught, and with Watson singing his heart on the likes of the aforementioned ‘ Trials & Troubles’ and heart-tugging ballad ‘Next Go ‘Round’ while Secor sings lead on his own ‘Caroline’ and one he wrote with Dave Rawlings ‘I Hear Them All’. Masters at pulling together as a unit, Secor and Watson (of whom my praise has few bounds as a traditional based vocalist) combine on harmony vocals. Plus, you have the herculean efforts of Landry (slide guitar, banjo, vocals), Hayes and driving upright bass of Jahnig aiding Secor’s rampant fiddle, harmonica and occasional banjo and guitar strike up alongside Watson’s rhythm guitar. Among other irresistible fare you have Landry blast out his own ‘Mary’s Kitchen’ and on burning rubber ‘Alabama High Test’, ‘Reuben’s Train’ and the super-charged ‘Fall On My Knees’ work up a rare head of steam. As an encore the boys bring a relative calm to the enthusiastic crowd as they perform a cool version (one of the best you are ever likely to hear) ‘C.C Rider’ prior to upping the ante once again via a romp speaking of the tobacco season in Johnson County, Tennessee (‘Shack #9’).
What a couple of nights it must have been if you were at the shows. However, since the majority of us weren’t then there is nothing else to it but go rush out and buy yourself a copy and since we have Christmas coming up an why not purchase an extra copy for a friend.
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