During their concert in Cleveland Friday night, members of the band Old Crow Medicine Show were surprised onstage by Marty Stuart who invited them to become members of The Grand Ole Opry.
The band, who has appeared on the Opry stage numerous times, happily accepted as can be seen in this video. They will be formally inducted on September 17th.
Looking over the list of other Opry members, Old Crow Medicine show might seem an odd choice.
The band is a hugely popular touring act. They have a raw energy and traditional sound filled with banjos, fiddles, and upright bass. Their albums have an unadorned authenticity that sounds like something popular on the Opry stage 70 years ago.
But they attract more of a jam band audience than diehard country fans, and are probably best compared these days with Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers, and others bands in whatever genre that is. (power-folk-Americana-jubilee rock?)
Former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker had a hit with Old Crow’s Wagon Wheel, and he’s been an Opry member since last year. But Rucker’s sound is far more in line with current country radio.
Does the induction of Old Crow Medicine Show to the Grand Ole Opry surprise you? Share your thoughts in the comments.