Monday, February 2, 2009

mama rock me

Old Crow Medicine Show has been a part of my life for many miles. I discovered them in Tennesse, played their songs at jams in Idaho, and recently my weekends here in Vermont have been spent with them once again - covering their songs with friends on the weekends. One of their songs, Wagon Wheel, is an all time favorite. Based on some old Bob Dylan lyrics, their incarnation makes me want to pack up the station wagon and head back home to Knox county.

Runnin' from the cold up in New England
I was born to be a fiddler in an old-time string band
My baby plays the guitar, I pick a banjo now
Oh, the North country winters keep a gettin’ me now
Lost my money playin’ poker so I had to up and leave
But I ain’t a turnin’ back
To livin’ that old life no more


20 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer said...

this is one of my most favorite songs. thanks for the nice break in my day to listen again. jennifer

February 2, 2009 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Best. Song. Ever.

I play the fiddle, and I'm trying to learn Ketch's solos. Please Please Please tell me that you might be able to pass along this golden information.

February 2, 2009 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger mrsmorris said...

Hi Jenna,

Even though I'm old enough to be your mother (geez it hurt to type that), I can relate (like totally) to so much of what you write. And the post about snow dogs and cover stealing hits close to home. A snow dog is never timid when it comes to his or her comfort.

I'm going to do a little write up of your cool blog, on my old person blog.

:)

February 3, 2009 at 2:50 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

hey bob, you know I have very little of ketch's stuff figured out. i'm trying to learn his fiddle part and have figured out that a lot of hidden notes are above the g on the d string. if that heklps?

thanks ms morris!

February 3, 2009 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger Lisa Zahn said...

Ooh, I love these guys. And that song.

I love your blog, cuz I'm a bluegrass/old-timey music loving,
(urban) homesteading, blogging woman too!

I'm attempting to play the banjo these days myself. We have the BEST bluegrass and old-time music festival here in, of all places, Minnesota in August! Y'all should come sometime...

February 3, 2009 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger s said...

holy crap, this is so good. how have i NEVER listened to them before??

February 3, 2009 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger s said...

ps. i might have to get my violin out and try to figure out some of this stuff now...

February 3, 2009 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

I know it's in A, but I can't tell if it's cross A or regular tuning. I've been playing about a year now and while I'm not good, I'm good enough to enjoy myself. At least my cats don't attack me when I play any more.

February 3, 2009 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger s said...

bob, i've been playing (classically trained) for nearly 20 years and my cat still tries to attack me when i play at home. though, mostly he just wants to get his paws on my bow.

jenna, sorry to be such a comment hog! i've given up on that solo(for now, anyway), but since i've got my violin out now, i'm working on some horse feathers songs!

February 3, 2009 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

i have the first part of the solo figured out by ear, i am certain i'l figure it out. Bob, it may be crossed tuned - but it's different here then it is on the recording on their original OCMS cd (which you can hear on youtube as well, the video takes place a punk-carnival) i play it all on the A string, then crawl up to the G on the E string.

there are a lot of little flourishes and faux-irish rolls but if you can slowly sound it out you'lll get it. i think we're overthinking it.

sara, i friggin love seeing comments on here, so don't sweat it. are you planing peas on the 15th with us? and send me your address and i'll mail you some music. we can trade.

February 3, 2009 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Shaun said...

What did you think of that Railroad Earth Jenna?

February 3, 2009 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger s said...

i've been thinking about this pea project...snap peas are totally different from those other "normal" peas, right? because i realllllly dislike those kind of peas. i've tried to like them, really. i just don't. but maybe i'll like snap peas? i think either way, i'd like to give it a go and get some growing practice in before we break ground for the gardens in the back yard. count me in!

i'll email you my address! my cd burner will NOT work for some reason, but as soon as i figure out what's going on with that, there will be a few cds headed north to you.

February 3, 2009 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

shaun i was bummed, the cd didn't work. the tracks were on there and listed but there was nothing to hear at all. just silence on each track, like the mic was turned off or something?

February 3, 2009 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Shaun said...

No, That's probably a CD burner issue on my end. Later that day I had issues burning disks so it may well have occurred with your discs as well. A new set will be on its way soon!

February 3, 2009 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Hunington said...

Oh yeah, saw OCMS at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle in 2007 -- paired with the Be Good Tanyas, no less! Heh, if you don't know them already, check out The Avett Brothers -- sort of punk Americana.

February 4, 2009 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

i have heard of them, but have none of their music. i will check it out huntington, thanks.

i love the crow waltz of the be good tanyas... but i adore waltzes, man they are grand.

February 4, 2009 at 5:56 AM  
Blogger Speaktrue said...

thank you for the introducting me to OCMS!! it's in the car CD player and I was itching for new tunes!! Tracy

February 4, 2009 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

that's one of my OCMS favorites. It takes me back to a simpler time in my life when I lived and worked with some lovely people...

February 4, 2009 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

The one OCMS piece that I am craving is Greetings from WaWa, their self-released disc they put out in '01, I believe. From what other people have said, it's supposed to be an amazing disc.

I'm plugging away at trying to figure out the song. I've been playing for about a year and learning by ear, so I'll get it eventually. If it wasn't fun, I'd have given up a long time ago.

February 4, 2009 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Carrie and Justin said...

I love this band!! Awesome post Jenna! I'm trying to pick up the fiddle and learn some tunes ~ it keeps calling to me, and I figure it is best to listen. :)

February 10, 2009 at 12:20 PM  

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