“They’ll stone you when you’re riding in your car, they’ll stone you when you’re playing your guitar”
Bob Dylan changed the way the world listened to an album with the release of Blonde on Blonde in 1966. With a mix of lyrically stellar ballads to the driving rock sound that shaped a generation, Blonde on Blonde broke down the genre we call folk rock. It also just so happened to be the first Dylan album to go gold despite having records such as Highway 61 Revisited and Bringing It All Back Home under his belt. Recorded in Nashville, Blonde on Blonde helped define an entire city.
It’s no secret that Nashville American staple, Old Crow Medicine Show, are greatly influenced by Bob Dylan. Their most known track actually credits Dylan as many of the lyrics were taken from a shelved track he wrote in 1973 entitled Rock Me Mamma. It was only appropriate that OCMS decided celebrate a quintessential Dylan album on this tour and newest live album. Could they deliver a performance that would be worthy of of such an album as Blonde on Blonde? Of course they could, simply put, these folks have the chops, the soul, and the spirit to pull off just about any tune.
From the moment they paraded around stage with Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 one could tell the rest of the show would follow suit. Classic track after classic track, OCMS played as if they would never see Australia again. The passion and skill Ketch Secor and the rest of Old Crow exude is unparalleled in the genre. Switching instruments, sharing vocals and generally just having a damn good time, it’s hard not to enjoy watching them dance around stage. As Blonde on Blonde came to an end, no one knew what could possibly come next.
With the passing of Tom Petty earlier in the day, Old Crow Medicine Show’s encore was nothing short of absolute class. Spontaneously they broke into a selection of Petty tracks that include, I Won’t Back Down, Breakdown, and American Girl. Bouncing from one legend to another, it was only appropriate that we were treated to a few OCMS tracks too before the night officially closed at the Enmore.