Jake Blount recalls a day in 2011 when he happened upon a restaurant venue during a city-based music festival in Washington DC and learned more than one thing that would change his life. “I ran into this band,” he says - Megan Jean and Byrne Klay of Charleston, SC. “It was a woman playing a washboard and a guy playing a banjo. And they had a totally different sound than anything I’d heard, largely because he was playing clawhammer style, and I’d never seen that done before.” Mark this as epiphany number one.

Ed Rode

The first time Ketch Secor and Old Crow Medicine Show played at the Ryman Auditorium, it was early in the morning, a time when the room glows with a holy light and every step on the hardwood floor, every word, reverberates with uncanny clarity. It was the year 2000, and the band of twentysomethings was new to town and a bit dazzled at their own unfolding story.