There is no venue more appropriate for Old Crow Medicine Show to record their live album in than Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the 125 year old historic landmark that was once formerly known as the Grand Ole Opry and is essentially mecca for Country, Bluegrass, Americana and all of the various offshoots. It also happens to be the local venue for the brilliantly talented Nashville-based Americana String Band Old Crow Medicine Show and has been their go-to stage in Nashville since 2001.
This 11 track album, which perfectly captures the band’s exhilarating live show – in this case the songs were taken from a slew of sets performed at the Ryman over the years – is also a love song of sorts to the venue. The band plays a number of standards that have echoed through the auditorium for years like “CC Rider,” “Sixteen Tons” and the gospel classic “Will the Circle be Unbroken.” The band also finds time to include some of their own classics like “Bushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer” and a raucous version of “Methamphetamine.” The highlight however is the duet with Margo Price on the infectiously catchy “Mississippi Woman.”
It’s hard to imagine a live album able to perfectly capture the spirit and vibe of an Old Crow Medicine Show, but Live At The Ryman is probably the closest we’ll ever get.
Old Crow Medicine Show – Live At The Ryman/11 tracks/Columbia Records & The Orchard/2019 / Domain /