Old Crow Medicine Show: Carry Me Back

NICK WARD
Last updated 15:07 18/10/2012

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Following a steady course is seen as anathema by some musicians, who yearn to give full vent to their talents by experimenting, but Old Crow Medicine Show have shown that consistency needn't be a bad thing, especially when there's a sizeable audience for their traditionalist American folk.

The songs on Carry Me Back are the usual snapshots of Southern life and struggles, but the band sound revitalised, with a brisk energy in the frantic Mississippi Saturday Night and Sewanee Mountain Catfight, and an absence of droning self-pity in the killer-on-the-run tale Bootlegger's Boy.

The Civil War nostalgia of Carry Me Back To Virginia is a bit hard to swallow, as is We Don't Grow Tobacco, while Levi pays tribute to an American soldier killed in another questionable military campaign, but Ain't It Enough and Ways of Man are commendable pleas for sanity and brotherly love.

Best tracks: Bootlegger's Boy, Steppin' Out

  • Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.

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