Watch John Hickenlooper play banjo with Old Crow Medicine Show at Red Rocks
Word is getting around now about Governor John Hickenlooper's surprise guest appearance last night during Old Crow Medicine's show at Red Rocks. He played banjo, sang some harmonies and even took the lead for a brief verse on an old blues classic, "CC Rider."
Screenshot from YouTube user Justin Kraft
The Governor posted a message on Twitter shortly thereafter: "Just crossed 'play banjo with Old Crow Medicine Show at Red Rocks' off my bucket list." There you have it. There are a few ways to play on one of the world's most famous stages: Become a musician famous enough to fill a 9,000 seat venue, or just get elected governor of Colorado. Too easy. There are a few videos out there at the moment, none of them spectacular. We like this one, from YouTube user Justin Kraft, the best. He's far away, but he spends most of the song focused on the big screen to the right of the stage.
Hickenlooper has always been vocal about his passion for music. He's introduced X on stage at the Bluebird, featured OneRepublic and others at his inauguration and routinely turns up at concerts around town. He was, in fact, at Red Rocks just a few days ago for the Avett Brothers.