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Old Crow Medicine Show 

When: Thu., Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. 2017
Price: $31-$52

Over the last decade or so, as the album has held increasingly less impact as a framework for music (at least to those who pontificate publicly about such things), it has nevertheless become more important to live presentations. Huge and small venues alike are filled with artists performing their classic albums from beginning to end and other performers paying live tribute to their heroes' seminal LPs. Enter neo-folkies Old Crow Medicine Show, who are trotting out to salute Bob Dylan's double-length 1966 masterpiece, Blonde on Blonde.

Old Crow first mounted its tribute last year for Blonde on Blonde's fiftieth anniversary, performing the album at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This spring, the band put out a live album documenting that performance, and it's currently supporting that release in the only way that really makes sense—going from town to town and doing it again.

While Blonde on Blonde has been influential to generations of musicians in the realms of folk, rock, country, pop, and more, Old Crow is particularly well suited for the task of bringing it to life on stage from beginning to end. Not only has the Crow crew been obsessing over Dylan for decades, but a few of the group's finest moments have come from the dustier corners of Dylan's catalog. The band created something of a modern country standard by putting finishing touches on a Dylan song fragment band members first heard on a bootleg, which ultimately became "Wagon Wheel." In 2014, Old Crow repeated the process with "Sweet Amarillo."

But for as much of a connection as they obviously feel to Dylan's work, Ketch Secor, Critter Fuqua, and company probably would never have undertaken this project at all if they were simply going to parrot the original album's arrangements. After all, it's the spontaneity of Blonde on Blonde's sound that helped make it what it is, and when they play the songs, Old Crow puts its own stamp on them. With fiddle and banjo at the fore, the band sets out to put plenty of its idiosyncratic string-band style into the tunes, making for a vital concert experience rather than just some sort of historical statement. —Jim Allen

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