The Grammy-winning Old Crow Medicine Show band, who continue to be based in Nashville, announced today that they’ve signed with ATO Records. It’s a return to the label for the band as they released 2012’s Carry Me Back and their 2014 breakthrough Remedy through the label. The latter album won the band the Best Folk Album Grammy award in 2015.
After a stint with Sony Music Nashville for the release of Volunteer and Live at The Ryman, the band’s return to ATO promises a next step in their evolution as they’ve also partnered with Sally Williams and Red Light Management for representation.
Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor says, “We are very happy to be coming home to the ATO family. Their passion for music shows in everything they release and we’re just so excited to relaunch our partnership and recommit ourselves to making great records together.”
Jon Salter, President of ATO Records, adds, “OCMS is one of the great and important American bands. They have always challenged themselves creatively and this new project is testament to that. We’re so thrilled and proud to welcome the band back with open arms to the ATO family and we are committed to continue to build their legacy.”
“Old Crow has influenced countless artists and built a devoted following over the years due to their energetic live shows and relatable music,” says Coran Capshaw. “Red Light is proud to be partnering with Sally Williams to continue the growth of this great band.”
In the past year, the band has released three tracks that speak to the current state of the world. From “Nashville Rising,” written after Nashville’s devastating 2020 tornados that benefitted the relief efforts; “Quarantined,” a tongue-in-cheek classic country number about the pandemic; and another pandemic related song, “Pray For America,” a song commissioned by NPR as an inspirational piece for listeners coming out of COVID. They also recently paired with filmmaker Julia Golonka to create a video for their 2008 track “Motel in Memphis,” raising funds for Nashville’s community-based grassroots organization Gideon’s Army while also recording a duet with Keb’ Mo’ titled “The Medicine Man.”
Finally, the band is on tour and will appear at their annual Ryman Auditorium New Year’s Eve performances on December 30 an 31 while also finding time to recording new music and recording their “Hartland Hootenanny” live stream variety shows from their newly owned building, “Hartland Studio.”