Before the Mumford and Sons plumbing company decided that they too could strum banjos and sing harmonies, they were probably listening to a lot of Old Crow Medicine Show. Whatever you think of contemporary Americana’s rise to mainstream ubiquity, Old Crow helped build the formula out of folk, bluegrass, punk and old-time traditions. Their 2004 record O.C.M.S. is perhaps the seminal record of the genre, having spawned “Wagon Wheel,” the Bob Dylan revision that’s become a back-porch singalong standard these days. Last year they reasserted their prominence with Carry Me Back.
The band will make two regional stops this week, first at Brewery Ommegang (656 Co. Highway 33, Cooperstown) on Sunday (May 26) at 7 PM. Tickets are $35 with info at (607) 544-1800. Their second stop will be at MASS MoCA (87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass.) on Tuesday (May 28) at 8 PM. Tickets are $40, with info at (413) 662-2111.