I was having a perfectly enjoyable lunch: a turkey and avocado sandwich on a croissant with a jumbo, ice-filed Arnold Palmer (Arnold Palmers for all my friends!), and John Prine and Iris DeMent singing "In Spite of Ourselves" mainlined into my head. That was when my friend The Tortuga sent a text. He directed me to Old Crow Medicine Show's Wikipedia page. I wasn't sure what the hubbub was about until I started reading. And reading. Reading some more. Then I got it. I didn't know I'd signed on to read the band's voluminous, ego-stroked, promotionally driven biography. The Tortuga is a tortured soul.
Crackerfarm Old Crow Medicine Show's Wikipedia page is unnervingly comprehensive.
But he's right. OCMS' page rivals The Battle of the Alamo's Wikipedia page in scope and minutiae, though we'll save the argument about the cultural and historical significance of these two "artifacts" for another time.
I made it a quarter of the way down the page before I surrendered and just started scrolling -- I somehow missed Wikipedia's warning banner at the beginning of the article, or it possibly didn't appear on the device I first used to access the page. When my quest finally concluded at the page's "References," I scrolled some more.
There are 161 footnotes cited for OCMS' relatively short history.More »