Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel" Certified Gold; Band Celebrates With Limited Edition 7" Vinyl
Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” the break-out single from their 2004 debut album O.C.M.S., has been certified GOLD® by the RIAA®, with sales nearing 600,000 digital tracks. To celebrate, the band will release a “Wagon Wheel” Limited Edition 7” Vinyl on November 22, 2011.
Originally sketched by Bob Dylan and later finished by Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor, "Wagon Wheel" remains the band's most revered and top-selling single. The 7" vinyl will be numbered and feature a previously unreleased b-side, "All Night Long" (Live). To pre-order the “Wagon Wheel” Limited Edition 7” Vinyl, visit: http://amzn.to/uv62qG.
Secor reflects on the history of “Wagon Wheel”:
“Wagon Wheel” is a gold record 75 years in the making. Back in 1995, I first heard Bob Dylan sing that striking chorus on his unfinished 1972 studio outtake of “Rock Me Mama”. Being an audacious, banjo-picking teenager, I quickly rattled off three verses and rushed it out to coffeehouses and street corners, singing it to anyone who would listen. In 2003, seeking a copyright to the song, I learned that Dylan had credited it to Memphis songster Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, who recorded the 1950’s boogie-woogie number “Rock Me Mama.” From there, I learned that Crudup attributed the song to Mississippi-turned-Chicagoan Big Bill Broonzy, who recorded it way back in the late 1920’s. So, from Big Bill to Big Boy to Bob and on down to me, “Wagon Wheel” has become a true American folksong, borrowed, half-stolen, and sung out far and wide. The rest, as they say, is history.
Additionally, the band’s first-ever live DVD, Live From The Orange Peel And Tennessee Theatre, is now available digitally on iTunes. Directed by Lee Tucker (who also directed the band’s videos for “Wagon Wheel” and “Tell It To Me”), Live at the Orange Peel and Tennessee Theatre was recorded over two nights last December and features performances of 20 songs.
Old Crow Medicine Show have come full circle playing their own brand of American roots music with a rock and roll attitude. They met in New York in 1998 and hit the road, traveling city to city in a van and busking in the streets. They eventually settled for a year in North Carolina, where they ran into a bit of good fortune while playing in front of a local pharmacy to an impressed Doc Watson; the folk icon promptly scheduled the band to play at his MerleFest. Soon after, OCMS relocated to Nashville and found themselves gracing the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, touring with Merle Haggard and regularly appearing on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. OCMS have made a name for themselves as energetic performers with an unbridled spirit. The band has performed on Austin City Limits and Late Night with Conan O’Brien and appeared on such festivals as Bonnaroo, Coachella and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Most recently, they joined Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros on the Railroad Revival Tour.
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