- Written by Paul Shugrue
- Category: Featured - Radio
- Published: 23 April 2018
“Volunteer” is the seventh album from the best Americana band in America, Old Crow Medicine Show. The boisterous, street corner stomps and heartfelt ballads flow freely as they draw inspiration from their twenty years as band.
Working with producer Dave Cobb, who’s done projects recently with Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson, Old Crow doesn’t change a lot but allows him to add a little musical color with pedal steel, piano and for the first time since “Wagon Wheel,” some electric guitar.
Volunteer is an all for one one for all rallying cry, a tribute to the luck, perseverance and courage it took for the band to stick at it as long as they have. They steamroll through the infectious busker-like rants and when the tempo slows they get ever better with songs about coming home after being on the road and a moving song about their homeland, the American South.
The band claims to not have a conscious theme thematic thread running through the songs but it’s obvious that each one is a direct or indirect reference to their own lifestyle; recording music that will keep them on the road bringing it to the stage.