Old Crow Medicine Show Releasing Blonde on Blonde Live Album in April

New Collection Marks First Project With Columbia Records Nashville

Old Crow Medicine Show’s May 2016 performance of Bob Dylan’s 1966 album Blonde on Blonde at Nashville’s CMA Theater is being made into an album.

On April 28, Columbia Records Nashville will release the Grammy-winning group’s 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde to honor the release of Dylan’s iconic collection, which was originally recorded in New York and Nashville’s Columbia Recording Studios.

For the 1966 Nashville sessions, producer Bob Johnston recruited a group of A-list country session players including Charlie McCoy, Joe South, Hargis “Pig” Robbins, Kenneth Buttrey and Wayne Moss to work with guitarist Robbie Robertson and organist Al Kooper from the New York sessions. Recording for some of the songs, including “Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again” and “Absolutely Sweet Marie,” started at 4 a.m.

Kris Kristofferson was a janitor for the studio at the time and in Sean Wilentz’s Bob Dylan In America, he remembers Dylan sitting at the piano, writing all night long by himself with dark glasses on.

Dylan’s music has been a staple in Old Crow Medicine Show’s performances since front man Ketch Secor completed an unfinished Dylan song from the 1973 Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid soundtrack. The track became the band’s signature hit “Wagon Wheel.” Darius Rucker’s version won the 2013 Grammy for best country solo performance.

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