Old Crow Medicine Show PLUS Cold River Ranters

I accidentally saw Old Crow Medicine Show 15 years ago. And they were good, these kids playing rippin’ bluegrass. It was at the Grassroots Festival in Trumansburg NY, in 2002. (Del McCoury played the same stage the next day, and Samite of Uganda as well in what’s still the most transcendent music performance I’ve ever seen.) Anyway. Old Crow Medicine Show. They’d met as buskers in nearby Ithaca NY in the late ’90s, and I saw them when the fame and accolades had just started rolling in… but before the agony of Wagon Wheel that they’d later unleash on the world. That said, I’d swear they played it.

They put out a best-of collection earlier this month, and in the first hour of the program this week I’m going to play a track-by-track commentary hosted by Jessie Scott with band members Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua. So, yeah, you’re gonna hear Wagon Wheel on Monsters and Hamsters. That’s a one-time deal.

Then in the second hour: The rumors are true… We’re expecting a phone call from Tom Jawbone of the awesomely cool hot gonzo primitive folk jive band The Cold River Ranters to talk about all the things.

Monsters and Hamsters on WOOL-FM every Wednesday night from 7 to 9, broadcasting live at 91.5 in the service area and streaming worldwide from www.wool.fm

New look for the website

This morning when I turned on my laptop, it went to a black screen with a warning about a cooling fan not working right, and it shut itself down. Needless to say, I freaked. Things seemed to be OK after a second startup attempt, but I’ve spent the last several hours babysitting the backups I’ve neglected to run for months and months.

So I took advantage of the screen time to change up the website. It’s a mostly-stock template that I’ll probably make increasingly less attractive over time. Enjoy it now.