I like to think that if I ever get around to hiking the Appalachian Trail, that Old Crow Medicine Show will be my soundtrack. It’s back country hillbilly music that I can’t get enough of and they brought that to the stage on the Railroad Revival Tour. They were a perfect group to start off the night of music and revelry with their fiddles and banjos that they played ferociously. I’d love to see them again when they are more of a headliner as they seemed to get lost in the Edward Sharpe/Mumford anticipation. Perhaps a show with Yonder Mountain String Band?? My knees are weak at the thought.
|Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros|
At first glance, there seems little about Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros that should work as a successful and popular rock group. Yet everything about this 11+ member group that very closely resembles street people works remarkably. Alex Ebert commands the stage and the audience (which he is sometimes in) with his energy and hippie vibe. It is the closest I’ve ever felt to being part of the 60’s and 70’s concerts my father once experienced.
|Alex Ebert of Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros|
Their songs are infections, especially Home, which had the entire crowd dancing, whistling, and singing along. I am never entirely sure if Alex is outrageously drugged up, bat shit crazy or both. Whatever it is, he is fun to watch and they are a band always worth seeing in concert.
|Big Easy Express!|