Old Crow Medicine Show started busking on street corners in 1998 New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He invited the band to play at his festival, MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Shortly thereafter the band was hired to entertain crowds between shows at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.
Old Crow Medicine Show, with very special guest Molly Tuttle, will be performing at Beaver Dam Amphitheater on Saturday, June 15.
It’s been over nineteen years since these humble beginnings. The band has gone on to receive the honor of being inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry, and have won two Grammy Awards: “Best Folk Album” for Remedy (2014) and “Best Long Form Music Video” for Big Easy Express (2013). Additionally, their classic single, “Wagon Wheel”, received the RIAA’s Platinum certification for selling over 1,000,000 copies.
“Bluegrass has deep roots here in Ohio County. In Beaver Dam, we certainly want to honor our heritage and promote the legacy that Bill Monroe began years ago,” said Beaver Dam Mayor Paul Sandefur. “Old Crow Medicine Show is by far one of the most successful old-Time, Americana bluegrass acts in the modern era. They’ve achieved international success and even crossed over into mainstream. I don’t believe I know anyone who can’t sing along to ‘Wagon Wheel.’”
JoBeth Embry, Tourism Director added, “Molly Tuttle is bringing her full band to open up the show. Both Old Crow and Molly Tuttle have been heavily influenced by Bluegrass and they bring the music to a new generation of ears. We hope folks will take the time to enjoy the whole ‘Bluegrass Experience’ in Ohio County.”
Just a few miles away from the Amphitheater is the Rosine Barn, where they host Bluegrass jams every Friday night.
“The Bill Monroe Homeplace and Jerusalem Ridge are top destinations for any Bluegrass fan,” Sandefur said. “The new Bill Monroe Museum is also nearby. Fans can go back to explore the roots of Bluegrass before they enjoy a fabulous, world-class concert.”
Embry said they are encouraging listeners to make a weekend out of the event.
“Check out the Rosine Barn on Friday night, tour the Homeplace and Museum on Saturday, and join us at the Amphitheater on Saturday night as we welcome OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW and Molly Tuttle to Beaver Dam, Kentucky,” Embry said. “It’s going to be incredible.”
Old Crow Medicine Show has toured the world playing renowned festivals and venues such as Bonnaroo, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Coachella, London’s Roundhouse, The Ryman Auditorium, The Barclays Center, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Fox Theater Atlanta, The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Central Park NYC, Telluride, the Newport Folk Festival, and several appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. They’ve toured with artists such as Willie Nelson & Family, Brandi Carlile, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, John Prine, The Avett Brothers and others.
On April 20th, 2018 the band released the Dave Cobb produced, Volunteer, via Columbia Records Nashville. Volunteer is Old Crow’s sixth studio album and was recorded at historic RCA Studio A. The songs illustrate themes that resonate far beyond Old Crow Medicine Show’s diverse fan base, while also showcasing the depth in the group’s songwriting.
An award-winning virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly Tuttle has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, which she attended on a Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship, Tuttle has been featured on the cover of Acoustic Guitar Magazine (April 2017, February 2018) and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.
Her lovely voice, impeccable and fiery guitar playing, and sensitive songwriting, make Molly Tuttle a star on the rise. She has toured extensively and has been featured on many prominent festivals including Rocky Grass Festival, Wintergrass Festival, and many others, and received a 2016 IBMA Momentum Award as Instrumentalist, singling her out as one to watch in the genre.
The year 2017 provided even more growth, with the release of Tuttle’s solo debut EP, Rise, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart and garnering prominent features for Tuttle in Premier Guitar Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine, and NPR Music. In September 2017, Tuttle was recognized as the 2017 Guitar Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), becoming the first woman to receive this honor in the history of the organization. In February 2018, Tuttle’s song “You Didn’t Call My Name” was awarded Song of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards by Folk Alliance International.