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Not sure if you have had a chance to see or hear the new one by Darius but the video for Wagon Wheel was released today. Great song with a great story behind it. Props to Old Crow Medicine Show for taking a unfinished Dylan chorus and turning it into something cool. Major props to Darius for bringing a great song mainstream and representing the Garnet and Black while doing it!
Watch the music video for Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker and more new Country videos on VEVO.
Charles Kelly and ZB repping what's good about music!
What's the story behind it?
That is great.
First, "Wagon Wheel" was composed of two different parts. The chorus and melody for the song comes from a demo recorded by Bob Dylan during the Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid sessions. Although never officially released, the Dylan song was released on a bootleg and is usually named after the chorus and its refrain of "Rock Me Mama." Dylan admits that he got the basis of the hook from a 1940's jazz artist.
Dylan left the song an unfinished sketch, Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show wrote verses for the song around Dylan's original chorus. Secor's additional lyrics transformed "Rock Me Mama" into "Wagon Wheel." Secor has stated the song is partially autobiographical. The song has become extremely popular since its inclusion on Old Crow Medicine Show's major label debut, O.C.M.S. in 2004.
The song did not at first appeal to Rucker. "Somebody had played ‘Wagon Wheel’ for me years ago," he says. "It was one of those things that I didn’t really get." The faculty band at his daughter's high school performing had a different effect, as he relates . .
"So, I’m at my daughter’s high school talent show, and I’m sitting in the audience with my family. We were watching my daughter, and the faculty band gets up. It’s just the faculty from her school, and they play ‘Wagon Wheel.’ I’m sitting in the audience, and they get to the middle of the chorus, and I turned to my wife, and I go, ‘I’ve got to cut this song.’ I’m serious. This all happened in three-and-a-half minutes, four minutes, while they’re playing the song."
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