Morgan Jahnig

Artist of the Month | April 2010


Morgan uses the Bass Max on his upright bass.
He wrote us:

I’ve been playing upright bass for 13 years, and K&K’s been the only pickup that hasn’t been weak, top heavy and soulless. At one time or another, I’ve played every combination that K&K has to offer, and none of them disappoint. Frequently when playing live shows, the house sound guy would come up to me and say, “What kind of pickup are you using? I’m barely doing anything to it at front of house. It sounds great!” And that was just running the Bass Max to a DI. No pre. No nothin’. Just great sound. I’ve upgraded to the Bass Master system to bring out some air. K&K has got every sound I need when I need it.

D. Morgan Jahnig
Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show (OCMS) have come full circle playing their own brand of American roots music with a rock and roll attitude. The quintet met in New York in 1998 and hit the road, traveling city to city in a van and busking in the streets.  They eventually settled for a year in North Carolina , where they ran into a bit of good fortune while playing in front of a local pharmacy to an impressed Doc Watson; the folk icon promptly scheduled the band to play at his MerleFest.

Soon after, OCMS relocated to Nashville and found themselves gracing the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, opening for Dolly Parton, touring with Merle Haggard and regularly appearing on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion . They caught the attention of Nettwerk Records in 2003 and signed on to release their debut album O.C.M.S , which they recorded at RCA’s legendary Studio B and Woodland Sound Studio with producer/guitarist David Rawlings (Gillian Welch, Robyn Hitchcock) at the helm.  O.C.M.S was released in 2004 to critical acclaim; the New Yorker said of the album, “Heartbreaking, plunky ballads and unfastened fiddle tunes charged with youthful vigor,” while the Village Voice predicted, “Fame will soon lift her skirt for the band.”

Their sophomore album, Big Iron World , was released in August 2006 and combined traditional American standards (including Woody Guthrie’s “Union Maid”) with OCMS originals that blended American roots, folk, blues, gospel, bluegrass and a little bit of gritty rock.  Again produced by Rawlings, the album caught the attention of critics from Billboard to Vanity Fair and the first single, a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Down Home Girl,” quickly became the #2 most added song at Triple A radio.  Combined, the two albums have gone on to sell over 300,000 units.

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