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Fresh Tracks: New Holiday Song from Old Crow Medicine Show Helps the Unhoused

Old Crow Medicine Show gets into the holiday spirit with the new song “Trim This Tree,” a standalone single that celebrates the Christmas season with some specific callouts to the band’s home city of Nashville. 

The festive, twangy tune features some familiar holiday melodies and backing vocals from the Purple Martin Choir, which includes students from the Episcopal School of Nashville. The band released “Trim This Tree” in conjunction with efforts to raise funds for Room In The Inn, a Tennessee-based shelter offering resources for the unhoused and those battling addiction.

“’Trim This Tree’ is our Christmas card to Nashville, the city we love and call home,” Old Crow frontman Ketch Secor said in a statement. “It’s got all the trimmings of a Music City holiday, from the Goo Goo Clusters to the light-up plastic nativity scene.

“We’ve seen quite a few changes in our hometown since we first opened up our case to play for the hat on Lower Broad, but one thing in Nashville that hasn’t changed at all is homelessness,” Secor continued. “Christmas is the season for giving and Old Crow is proud to be fundraising and raising awareness for Room In The Inn, Nashville’s sanctuary for the unhoused and safe haven for those struggling with addiction. Let’s make the holidays a little bit brighter with this fun, spirited tune.”

Old Crow’s seasonal single comes in the wake of the new album “Paint This Town,” which came out back in the spring. The band will continue its tradition of ringing in the new year with two nights at the storied Ryman Auditorium on December 30 and 31.

Cover photo of band by Kit Wood

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