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Old Crow Medicine Show Brings a Miracle Elixer to a Sold-Out Crowd at The Ramkat.

Medicine shows in their original form may have stopped peddling “miracle elixirs” a long time ago but that does not mean that people do not need a miracle cure in the form of a good time.


Lucky for us Old Crow Medicine Show are here to deliver and for a sold-out crowd at The Ramkat in Winston Salem NC, the band seemed to have the perfect prescription. 


With only one opening act the house was packed early and with the floor and balcony full, openers Birds of Chicago promptly took the stage near the advertised show time.


Drawing from similar inspiration in many ways, Birds of Chicago demonstrate a shared love of traditional music and found more than one perfect fit as an opener for this tour with Old Crow Medicine Show.


With music that feels very personal, Birds of Chicago delivered a performance revealing the relationship between the husband and wife duo JT Nero and Allison Russell in their song and in their faces.


Backing the duo on guitar,  Steve Dawson provided just the right rhythm and sound across each tune and showcased his proficiency with more than one “jam” throughout the set.


Birds of Chicago are a very talented group and when you pair talent with passion as they have done you get great results.


This night was one of the last for the Birds of Chicago on this tour with Old Crow Medicine Show as they prepare to hit the road with The Wood Brothers for a while and then head overseas for a slew of European shows, but this was not the last we would see of the duo this night. 


Taking the stage and forgoing their positions around their amps and microphones spread across the stage, Old Crow Medicine show joined by Allison from Birds of Chicago gathered around a communal microphone to open their set.


Immediately beaming with enthusiasm and excitement, the crew lead by frontman Ketch Secor simply put, were having a good time. Putting the “show” in Old Crow Medicine Show Secor bounced from corner to corner of the stage selling the crowd on the medicinal benefits of enjoying what you do.


With over twenty years of music to share the set took many opportunities for each band member to shine in their individual musical talents, each member seemingly showing more excitement than the last for their chance to be there performing for us. With a set drawing from as many traditional music influences as the instruments they play, the band delivered a high power set that for all in attendance kept their feet moving and dancing all around. Joined back on stage later in the evening by JT and Allison from Birds of Chicago, Old Crow took every advantage of the musical talent there with them that night. Concocting just the right mixture of music, fun, and community their energy spread through the crowd and wowed everyone with their performance. 


While the music may be inspired by the past, the good time had by all is universal. It’s this love for what the music brings to the ears of anyone that is listening that Old Crow Medicine Show has for sale. So if a good time seems like it may be the cure for what ails you, well then I recommend getting out to an Old Crow Medicine Show.


Wrapping up this portion of the tour Old Crow Medicine Show will be touring the United Kingdom for much of March before returning for another good run of tour dates across the US for the rest of 2020, so you likely have a chance to catch them near you. 


See full gallery of the night here!

Photographer Josh Gooch is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Appalachian State, Josh Gooch works in education, teaching graphic design at the community college level. Photography became a passion during his college career, and remained a constant addition to the ever-present soundtrack of life. Privileged to have turned an ear to hip-hop at a young age, after developing a love of music from ‘80s radio, Josh found that the revelation of rock music in high school was what led him to really devote serious amounts of attention to music. From there it was that first club show that sparked an addiction to live music and the exposure to various forms of it during the college years, cementing a love of passion and truth in music. Now, with the ability to combine the passions of photography and music, he hopes to continue to develop a creative voice that others appreciate.

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