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IoS album review: Old Crow Medicine Show, Carry Me Back (ATO/Decca)


OCMS are some Virginian’s dream of a marketable bluegrass phenomenon.

Drumless, nasal, pregnant with banjos, they bestride the Americana world like a colossus, each leg planted on the opposing shores of authenticity and commercial appeal. Carry Me Back ticks all the boxes: jaunty, soulful, nostalgic without being cloying … Plus, they harmonise like The Band, play like devils and, within the parameters imposed, they can write.