By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
Maybe it’s the music. Maybe it’s the energy. There’s something about an Old Crow Medicine Show concert that turns the ordinary music fan into rabid Old Crow followers.
Since the bluegrass/country/roots band formed in 1998, the guys – Ketch Secor, Morgan Jahnig, Kevin Hayes, Willie Watson, Cory Younts and Gill Landry – have found new fans by endlessly touring, performing on the Grand Ole Opry and “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Secor, the band’s fiddler, says the magic lies purely in the music.
“It can get a little feverish when you play really fast-paced dance music. There’s a pulse to the music that can be pretty infectious, and it can mean shows go on a long time, but time passes quickly when you’re rocking a little tune,” he said in a phone interview from the road.
His instrument is an especially wild one.
“To play the fiddle is not really a matter of technique; it’s about holding on to the reins. It’s like you’ve got a wild horse, and you’re not trying to tame him, but you’re trying to hold on,” Secor said.
Sweet on the Magnolia State
Secor said Old Crow has a soft spot for Mississippi.
“We love playing in Oxford. It’s such a special place in Mississippi, and unlike its surroundings,” he said.
He said fans should take the opportunity to enjoy the city of Oxford and Old Crow Medicine Show at the Double Decker festival.
“To see a town that has an old downtown square like that, to see it full of thousands of people can do so much. It’s so good for your heart. If you believe in Mississippi, believe in the dream of Mississippi, what better than to see people downtown, and there’s no cotton auction, no war on. There’s people in a downtown Mississippi streetscape playing fiddle music,” he said, “and if you love Mississippi, that’s what you need to see.”
TWO DAYS OF FUN
– What: Double Decker Arts Festival
– When: April 29-30
– Where: Downtown Oxford
– Things to do: Arts, music, food, runs and walks, Double Decker rides, and more
– Cost: Friday night concert is $10/general admission, $25 for VIP, $15/day of show. Everything else is free.
– Info: (662) 232-2367 or www.oxfordcvb.com/doubledecker
– Friday night AT&T South Stage
– Beginning 6 p.m. – Old Crow Medicine Show, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Okkervil River
Cathead Vodka South Stage
– 11 a.m. – Rising Star Fife & Drum
– 12:30 p.m. – Valerie June
– 2 p.m. – Shooting Out the Lights
– 3:30 p.m. – Eric Lindell
– 5 p.m. – Glen David Andrews Budweiser North Stage
– 11:30 a.m. – Aaron Hall
– 1 p.m. – Jimmy Phillips Band
– 2:30 p.m. – Lost Bayou Ramblers
– 4 p.m. – Justin Townes Earle
– 5:30 p.m. – Cedric Burnside
– 7 p.m. – North Mississippi Allstars