As one might expect from a band forged busking on the streets of New York and Nashville, Old Crow Medicine Show are one of the best live acts going. Anyone who saw them at Rescue Rooms on September 3rd will agree. Tennessee Pusher is the follow-up to 2006’s Big Iron World. It is an album written for the footlights, an attempt to capture something of their live essence in the studio. Their versatility runs the full gamut of old-time songs from drug ballads and romantic laments to train songs and juke-joint stompers. All are present here. Of the former, “Next Go Round” is undoubtedly the best, with live favourite “Caroline” the best of the up-tempo numbers. Whilst these are the high points, the quality never noticeably dips. There is also only one cover, the typically obscure yet fitting “Lift Him Up” by Blind Alfred Reed. Another sterling effort.
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