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Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor talks northern Michigan

Photo courtesy of Old Crow Medicine Show.
Photo courtesy of Old Crow Medicine Show.

Two-time Grammy-winning band Old Crow Medicine Show is playing July 11 at Interlochen Center for the Arts as part of the summer arts festival. It's the group's 25th anniversary tour.

Ketch Secor, the band’s frontman, stopped by to speak with IPR.

"I knew what a Petoskey stone was when I was 5 years old," Secor said. "It's a part of the country I'm really familiar with. You might recognize my name, 'Secor.' We have a bunch of Secors up there. So I grew up with a pretty good understanding, skipping rocks in the shores of the Au Sable River and came up there a lot as a kid to play music."

These visits always scratched a certain itch for Secor. He said he has a lot of admiration for northern Michigan.

"Growing up traveling up to Michigan when we were kids, to go to Indian River, or to go to Petoskey, or to go to Harbor Springs, or all the things that one does up there," Secor said. "These visits put in my mind a kind of wanderlust that get satisfied every time I'm up in that boreal forest. It's a really picturesque and beautiful part of America, and it has a hearty soul who calls it home year round."

Old Crow Medicine Show performs Thursday night at 7, at Kresge Auditorium.

Stream the full conversation at the top of the page.

Tyler Thompson is the Morning Edition host and reporter at Interlochen Public Radio.