Story by Larry Murray
It may be an appetizer, but it’s no wimpy finger food, it’s a solid evening of entertainment before the bluegrass and roots FreshGrass music festival at Mass MoCA in late September. Heck, the Old Crow group generates spectacular nights of bluegrass all by itself, the sort of music memories are made of. In fact, I would travel miles just to hear Ketch Secor play his fiddle with bandmate Critter Fuqua. So IMHO, this is going to be a spring evening not to miss as FreshGrass presents the Old Crow Medicine Show in Mass MoCA’s Hunter Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 28, at 8pm. Come September 20-22, 2013, you can plan to spend a whole weekend in North Adams for another feast of bluegrass. Read all about it here.
Old Crow Medicine Show (Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua plus Kevin Hayes, Morgan Jahnig, Gill Landry and Chance McCoy) shot to stardom as energetic performers with an unbridled spirit that leaps off their strings whenever they pick up an instrument. Discovered by legendary bluegrass picker Doc Watson while they were busking on a street corner in Boone, North Carolina, the group’s ascendancy happened on the heels of its first major appearance at Watson’s annual Merlefest music festival. So well-received there, the band followed that appearance with a residency at the Grand Ole Opry, which further launched a career whose success now spans across two decades, over 800,000 album sales and a Grammy Award.