Troubles Up and
Down the Road - Liner Notes
The Old Crow Medicine Show was kicking around the foam
house in Whites Creek the other day. All the boys were
there and all their dogs too, hanging round the hoods of
various junk cars, spitting and smoking, laughing and
joking. Someone started talking about Prince's Hot
Chicken Shack which is down the way from the old Crows
nest on Dickerson Rd. Dill pickles and greasy chicken
laid over two slices of Bunny Bread. Of course we
immediately started thinking about our buddy Dub who kept
Prince's in business through some of the lean years. Then
someone remembered a recording we made for Dub back in
September, the Dub dub as it was then known. Well here it
is, y'all, enjoy. We call it Troubles Up and Down the
Road, and down that same ol' road... here she goes.
1. "Rub Alcohol Blues"
Norton, VA Home of the Legendary Dock Boggs.
This is not what the welcome sign says, but it ought to.
The crows will tell you Dock is bigger than King Coal.
Now crows are a gregarious breed and they tend to
congregate with characters who know a certain level of
moral indecency. They are bone pickers, trash eaters, and
rub-alcohol drinkers, all to which old man Boggs can
2. "Big Sciota"
One of our first tunes back when we were loading up the
trucks and heading for Canadian streetcorners. This is
its second official release here. Sciota was included on
the 5 song EP Vegas in Aug. '99. I believe it's
a river that flows through the capital of Ohio. Willie
learned it from Richie Stearns' Renegades and Ketch from
Joe Thrift's Red Hots back in their formative years.
3. "Blue-Eyed Girl"
Lily May Ledford was as fine a clawhammer banjo player as
ever was. Raised around Renfrom Valley, KY, she performed
for many years with the Coon Creek Girls up in
Cincinnati. Our version was recently released on the
soundtrack to the film "The Valley Where Time Stood
Still". Lily May could sing it deeper than Ketch
4. "Darlin' Corey"
The Old Crows met Doc Watson on King Street in Boone, NC
on the 5th of July a few years back. We were busking out
in front of Boone Drug in Doc's old spot when his
daughter walked him across the street to hear us. Darlin'
Corey is his, thanks Doc.
5. "Little Sadie"
Speaking of Doc... Benny raced back to Critter's trailer
to pick up more Greetings from Wawa because we were sold
out at Merlefest. Wilkesboro is a pretty fair piece and
Benny was driving like a madman. Course, he wasn't in so
much of a rush that he couldn't stop at the Wildcat Junk
Lodge in Deep Gap and do a little junkin'. He bought a 4
dollar 78 by a local boy named Clarence Ashley. Little
Sadie. Prettiest and as tragic as they come. Thanks
6. "Wagon Wheel"
This wheel rolled outta New Hampshire back in high school
and has been rolling ever since. A man named Alias had a
lot to do with it, though we've heard maybe Big Boy
Crudup had a role. Where was that now? Ruston?
Nagadoches? Navasota? What makes this tune so hot is Don
Helms, yes THE Don Helms playing steel. And that's Kev's
brother Steve on electric guitar. Talk about straight
outta NH... but man you oughta hear it when we play in