Blonde on Blonde. Dylan scholars can and do debate the merits of his discography all day long, but most agree the 1966 double LP — recorded just months after Dylan infamously “went electric” — ranks at or near the top. It’s the album of “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” “I Want You” and “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands,” but also “Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat, “Absolutely Sweet Marie” and “Obviously 5 Believers.” Old Crow’s performance was so inspired that Columbia Records signed them and released the whole show this past April, making the group labelmates with none other than Dylan himself. Took them long enough.
Most fans could be excused for thinking an old-timey string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina would have a hard time topping themselves after their version of Bob Dylan’s “Wagon Wheel” became a No. 1 country hit for Darius Rucker. Not Old Crow Medicine Show, who in May 2016 took the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame (celebrating the museum’s 50th anniversary) and whipped through, start to finish, Dylan’s