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February 14, 2013

Haverhill native shares Grammy Award with bluegrass band

Win for film of band playing at stops on railroad tour

NASHVILLE — Kevin Hayes said his 1982 Haverhill High School yearbook quote probably said something like “least likely to succeed.”

Most likely to win a Grammy Award would have been more prophetic.

The Haverhill native and founding member of the Old Crow Medicine Show string band took home the prestigious music industry honor at this week’s award ceremony. He and his band won “Best Long Form Music Video” for the film “Big Easy Express.”

Old Crow Medicine Show, a Nashville-based old-time folk and bluegrass band, shared the recognition with two other bands — Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros — director Emmet Malloy and several others involved in the project. The video, which debuted last year at the Nashville Film Festival, features a railroad revival tour from Oakland to New Orleans in which the bands played at various stops along the way.

Hayes, 47, who lives in Nashville and often returns to Haverhill where his mother Caroline Edwards and several family members live, said he didn’t attend the Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles because had just returned from a European tour a few days earlier. He said every member of the band receives their own Grammy and that he expects to get his in the mail any day.

“Winning a Grammy was great, but it only makes us want more,” Hayes said in a phone interview. “It would be great to win one for our own record or song.”

Hayes said the idea for the train tour was born during a European tour with Mumford and Sons. The concept, he said, was inspired by the historic 1970 Festival Express tour across Canada that included Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and The Band.

Hayes said he grew up in a musical family and playing guitar in attics and garages in and around Haverhill.

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