Old Crow Medicine Show

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One of Amer­i­cana’s best and most con­sis­tent

acts have found some­thing new to say on their sev­enth full-length. Pro­duced by an ap­par­ently tire­less Dave Cobb (Lindi Or­tega, Ja­son Is­bell), Old Crow’s sig­na­ture old-time sound feels as alive as ever; this may be a stu­dio al­bum, but you’d think it was recorded at a kitchen party. It’s bound to thrill both long­time fans and any­one look­ing for some re­lief from the suf­fo­cat­ing smooth­ness of main­stream coun­try. Mov­ing be­tween the clapy­our-hands-ev­ery­body opener “Flicker & Shine,” the sul­try stomp of “Child of the Mis­sis­sippi” and the plain­tive, Rick Danko-in­flu­enced “Look Away,” the band demon­strate wide range while draw­ing from a deep well of ex­pe­ri­ence. While there may not be any­thing here to hit the heights of pre­vi­ous in­stant clas­sics like “Wagon Wheel” and “Sweet Amar­illo,” it is “Old Hick­ory” that comes clos­est. Rid­ing a sim­ple three-chord pro­gres­sion rem­i­nis­cent of Dy­lan’s clas­sic “You Ain’t Go­ing Nowhere,” the song is at once fa­mil­iar and fresh, time­less and im­me­di­ate. (Sony Nashville)

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