By Caleb Hennington
Clinton Presidential Park welcomes Old Crow Medicine Show
If youve been to a party, wedding, club or bar anytime in the past decade, perhaps youve heard the boot-stomping, hand-clapping, feel-good song of the South known as Wagon Wheel.
The song was recorded and released on Harrisonburg, Virginia, Americana-folk band Old Crow Medicine Shows 2004 album, O.C.M.S., but the song actually has much older roots. The song was presented to band member Ketch Secor after Critter Fuqua, another member of the band, brought him an old bootleg tape recording of Bob Dylan. The tape featured a rough outtake of a song called Rock Me, Mama, which was never officially recorded or released by Dylan.
After years of humming the song to himself while traveling around the country, Secor decided to research the tune and found that the song actually dates back more than 85 years to bluesman Arthur Big Boy Crudup. Secor and Dylan agreed to split the rights to the song 50-50, and the rest is history. The song went gold, then platinum, and is the bands most famous song to date.
Besides the accolades that Wagon Wheel has earned them, the band members have also received numerous nominations and honors for their other work, including a nomination for Song of the Year at the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards and a 2013 induction into the famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
The band members are currently on tour in support of their 2014 ATO Records release, Remedy, which won a Grammy for Best Folk Album this year. The album has received rave reviews from music critics and fans alike. It charted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at No. 15, the U.S. Top Country Albums chart at No. 4 and the U.S. Folk Albums chart at No. 1. They are also celebrating the release of their latest EP, Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer, which features three previously
The group will perform at the Clinton Presidential Park at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets for the show can be bought in advance for $30 or on the day of show for $35. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Folk music doesnt spring out of the hot desert lands of California too often, but LA indie-folk band Lord Huron wants to change that trend. The group, which takes its name from one of the Great Lakes, started in 2010 out of the mind of frontman Ben Schneider after he did a bit of moving around from Michigan to Los Angeles. The band members have released three EPs and two full-lengths since their formation, the newest being 2015s Strange Trails. Theyll perform with dream-pop and slowcore rock duo Widowspeak, who just released their newest album, All Yours. Catch both bands at Rev Room at 9 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $17 in advance, $20 day of show.
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shuggie Otis has been performing his combo
of R&B and blues music for more than 40 years. His most popular songs include the composition for Strawberry Letter 23 and his 1974 single Inspiration Information. Otis performs at Stickyz at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are $20 for general admission and $30 for reserved seating.
Juvenile, aka Terius Gray, got his start in the rap game as a member of the hip-hop group Hot Boys in the late 90s. When he was just 19, he recorded and released his debut album, 1995s Being Myself, which went fairly unnoticed. His big break came in 1999 when he released the single Back That Thang Up, which was featured on his solo album 400 Degreez. His last release, 2012s Rejuvenation, featured collaborations from big names in the hip-hop industry, including Rick Ross.
Juvenile performs along with Young Freq, Yung 2, Errol Westbrook, Eason 550, Country Boyz and Eside Shawty at Rev Room at 9 p.m. Tickets for the show are $20 in advance, $25 day of show, and theres also a VIP option for $50.
You might think dressing up like dead, ancient rulers from a bygone era complete with mummy rags and face coverings is a weird gimmick for a funk band. But that doesnt stop Nashville, Tennessee, funk band Here Come The Mummies. The band members, whose identities are a mystery thanks to their hidden faces, play funky, fresh rock music with an ancient Egyptian theme. You can catch this one-of-a-kind band at Juanitas at 9 p.m. Laura Reed and The Big Dam Horns will open for the band, and tickets are $15.