“Ladies and Gentlemen! Hobos and Tramps! Cross-eyed mosquitoes and bow-legged ants! Admission is free, y’all pay at the door, pull up a chair and sit on the floor! Welcome now children, grandchildren, great granny, it’s time for the world-famous, Hartland Hootenanny!”
Accompanied with a dash of Dick Dale-esque electric surf guitar and fiddle, this is the lively introduction to Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show’s blazin’ hot streaming series, Hartland Hootenanny.
If you’re not familiar with Ketch, well you oughta be. I will go on record to say he is one of the most electrifying showmen of modern day music, with an exuberant presence and personality to match. His wildly enthusiastic and theatrical demeanor is most endearing, and I’ll be damned if he isn’t one of the funniest musicians out there. It’s damned near impossible to watch him without a smile.
In a world where there’s little to no live music to fill the void, our hearts, and souls, we need the next best thing, and right now that is the world of streaming. And while nothing can take the place of live music, streaming is a worthwhile endeavor to maintain some semblance of sanity to those of us that need it in our lives to procure harmony and balance, and Ketch delivers in spades, making for upbeat, A+ entertainment.
His country fried and hogtied series is exactly what you’d expect out of this bluegrass phenom, delighting with an old timey Grand Ole Opry Variety Show-essence, chock full of fiddles, riddles, and rhymes, and is about as authentic Nashville as it gets. He never misses a beat, and his vaudeville-like entertainment style will be sure to keep you glued to your seat.
Ketch kicks off Hartland Hootenanny episodes with a series of high-energy, captivating monologues, songs, and sketches with rabid abandon as if he’d just got taken off an IV of high-grade Italian espresso just before filming. Each episode runs in the realm of 50 minutes, and the latter half of the episodes features a range of top-tier bluegrass, folk, and Americana performers.
The list of guests includes heavy hitters like Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Charlie Worsham, The War and Treaty, and many more. Most recently they had Jim Lauderdale on, and this coming weekend, they’ve got Honky Tonk Experience maestro Kendell Marvel.
So if you’re looking for one of the more exciting streams coming out of Nashville, or really anywhere, look no further than Ketch Secor’s Hartland Hootenanny. You’ll be darn glad you did.