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.

Old Crow Medicine Show will tour to support the new live album starting May 4 in Santa Barbara, California. Four shows overseas in the U.K. and the Netherlands start June 24 in Manchester, England.

Here is a complete list of dates for Old Crow Medicine Show Performing Blonde on Blonde:

May 4: Santa Barbara, California (The Granada Theatre)
May 5: Los Angeles (The Wiltern)
May 6: Oakland, California (Fox Theater)
May 8: Portland, Oregon (Revolution Hall)
May 10: Seattle (The Moore Theatre)
May 12: Salt Lake City (Delta Hall at Eccles Theater)
May 13: Aspen, Colorado (Belly Up Aspen)
May 14: Denver (Paramount Theatre)
May 20: Knoxville, Tennessee (Tennessee Theatre)
May 22: Washington, D.C. (Lincoln Theatre)
May 24: New York (Town Hall)
May 25: Boston (Orpheum Theatre)
May 28: Cooperstown, New York (Brewery Ommegang)
May 30: Pittsburgh (Stage AE)
May 31: Columbus, Ohio (EXPRESS LIVE!)

June 1: Cincinnati (Taft Theatre)
June 2: Louisville, Kentucky (Iroquois Amphitheater)
June 8: Chicago (The Vic Theatre)
June 9: Milwaukee (Pabst Theater)
June 10: St. Paul, Minnesota (The Palace Theatre)
June 11: Kansas City (Uptown Theater)
June 12: St. Louis (The Pageant)
June 24: Manchester (O2 Ritz)
June 25: Glasgow (O2ABC)
June 28: London (Shepherd’s Bush Empire)
June 30: Amsterdam (Paradiso)

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.