What Darius Rucker Did for Bob Dylan

“Wagon Wheel” lifts Dylan to first CMA award nomination.

A fun factoid may have been left blowing in the wind, so to speak, after the Country Music Association award nominees were announced Tuesday (Sept. 10).

Darius Rucker’s hit “Wagon Wheel” picked up a nomination for the Song of the Year award, which goes to the songwriters. “Wagon Wheel” was composed by Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor, thus giving the much-honored Bob his first-ever Country Music Association award nomination.

“Wagon Wheel” is also a nominee for Single of the Year, an award given to the artist and producer.

Darius commented on the nominations on the red carpet prior to the ACM Honors show in Nashville, Tuesday night. He was especially proud to give Bob Dylan a shot at at a Country Music Association award.

“I’m glad people are recognizing what a great song it is,” Darius said. “The ultimate for me would be for Bob and Ketch to play it together on the [CMA Awards] show. I’m really not gonna hold my breath on that one, though,” he added with a laugh.

Darius was on hand at the ACM Honors to present his friends Lady Antebellum with the Jim Reeves International Award, given to the trio for their contributions to overseas touring.

“It’s awesome that they asked me to do this for them,” Darius noted. “I’ve known them since their first singles and now they are superstars who are selling out all over the world. I’m really proud of them. To see them recognized for all they’ve done is great.”

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