Old Crow Medicine Show will release their latest album Jubilee via ATO Records on Aug. 25.
The band shared the project’s debut single, “Miles Away,” today. The reflective track was co-written by band leader Ketch Secor and bluegrass virtuoso Molly Tuttle with guest vocals from Old Crow Medicine Show co-founder Willie Watson. “Miles Away”marks the first time Watson has recorded with the group in over 10 years. He plans to hit the road with them this fall, performing as an opening act in addition to joining them on stage.
“This is one of those rearview songs where objects in the mirror are closer than they appear,” says Secor. “Twenty-five years of making music on the road means you’re always coming back to the same places as a different person; there’s a reminder of your past self and the choices you made back when. Molly Tuttle and I wrote this one together and when it was through, I asked my Old Crow co-founder Willie Watson to make his first appearance on an Old Crow record in years. After all, this is a song about amends, of bygones being bygones, and of renewal.”
Arriving as the Grammy-winning band gears up to celebrate their 25th anniversary, Jubilee finds the group once again co-producing with Matt Ross-Spang and features appearances from legendary soul singer Mavis Staples and singer-songwriter Sierra Ferrell. Their eighth studio album serves as somewhat of a companion piece to their acclaimed 2022 release Paint This Town, which hit No. 1 on the Americana Radio Albums Chart and debuted at the top of Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums chart.
Jubilee harnesses the wild exuberance that Old Crow Medicine Show channels in their live show, and finds the band doubling down on their commitment to creating roots music that encompasses everything from jug-band tunes and Irish folk songs to gospel jams. The project showcases the musicality and storytelling that has made Old Crow Medicine Show an influential force in American roots music for more than two decades.
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