Wagon Wheel #1 Party at the Ryman
Last night held at the Ryman Auditorium was the event of the week. Darius Rucker has taken the Bob Dylan song Wagon Wheel to number one. This is so exciting for so many people. Not only for Darius but for Bob Dylan, it was his first number one hit is twenty years. Bob Dylan gave a speech of how this song became a number one hit. The search for the original writer for this song went back as far as seventy five years. Bod Dylan originally done the song as an instrument and then Old Crow Medicine show came along and finished up the lyrics that was started previously. This song has a very unique story behind it. Wagon Wheel" is a song originally sketched by Bob Dylan and later completed by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show. Old Crow Medicine Show's version was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in April 2013. The song has also been covered by blues artist Matt Andersen and Against Me! in 2005, Jeremy McComb in 2007, Chris Pureka in 2008, Northern Irish singer Nathan Carter in 2012, and Darius Rucker in 2013, and by Mumford & Sons in 2013. The song describes a hitchhiking journey south along the eastern coast of the United States, from New England in the northeast, through Roanoke, Virginia with the intended destination of Raleigh, North Carolina, where the protagonist hopes to see his lover. Along the way, he shares a smoke with a trucker who is traveling from Philadelphia through Virginia westward toward the Cumberland Gap and Johnson City, Tennessee. It is not clear from the lyrics whether the protagonist traveled with the trucker from Philly to Roanoke before parting ways to head south into North Carolina, or whether he simply crossed paths with the trucker outside of Roanoke. This song has become one of the most marketable songs in the music industry. There is not a college kid from here to the deep south that does not know this song. This was truly a historic even for Darius, Old Crow, and Bob Dylan.