Old Crow Medicine Show’s new album, Volunteer, out April 20th, marks two decades that have taken the string-band sextet from busking on street corners to Grammy success and membership in the Grand Ole Opry.
But despite their achievements, founding member Ketch Secor still feels like an outsider to country music 20 years in – a persistent challenge, in his view, to the status quo of the hit parade.
“We have somehow, improbably managed to do good business,” Secor says. “But the ethos of the band is such a wrecking ball to the good business model and practice [of Nashville] that the perch for Old Crow on the far left side of the country music branch is a precarious one. There’s always been something dangerous about Old Crow Medicine Show.”
Originally published on RollingStone.com, April 17, 2018