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Darius Rucker picked an historic spot to celebrate the success of “Wagon Wheel,” his latest No. 1 hit: Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. Darius and one of the song’s co-writers, Ketch Secor of the bluegrass-style string band Old Crow Medicine Show, helped host the party, Monday afternoon (Sept. 16). Bob Dylan, the other co-writer on the tune, was unable to attend.
“Wagon Wheel” was made famous by Old Crow Medicine Show, which made an attention-grabbing debut on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman in January of 2001. The group performed their song “Tear It Down” and received a standing ovation. Old Crow Medicine Show becomes the newest member of the Opry, Tuesday night (Sept. 17) . “Wagon Wheel” has been recorded several times by a variety of artists, but Darius was the first to make it a single.
Before the celebration, Darius told Country Weekly that he has always loved “Wagon Wheel” and envisioned it as a country single. “You just think of country music when you hear it,” he said. “Old Crow Medicine Show did it as bluegrass, but I heard it a totally different way. I don’t think I will ever do another more country song than this.”
As Darius took the stage to address the audience of industry and media members, he smiled and quipped, “After I recorded it, I had about five different artists come up to me and say, ’I was just about to record that.’” Turning serious, Darius added, “That song is probably always going to be the biggest single I have ever had in country music.” He also thanked Ketch and the group for their support of his version. “You guys have been awesome to me,” he said.
Congratulations to Darius and the writers for their latest success!