Which Version of ‘Wagon Wheel’ Do You Like Better? Darius Rucker or Old Crow Medicine Show? [VIDEO + POLL]
Country star Darius Rucker is enjoying huge success with his latest single, "Wagon Wheel." As of today, the song is sitting at No. 10 on the Mediabase country charts. The song was first recorded by the group Old Crow Medicine Show. Old Crow Medicine Show got its start performing on street corners in New York and Canada, quickly gaining popularity with audiences because of their talent, and spirit. The group got the attention of folk icon Don Watson while performing in front of a pharmacy in Boone, N.C. Don asked the band to play at his MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Not long after, the band headed to Nashville, and began playing between shows at the Grand Ole Opry.
That was 15 years ago, and now the band travels the world performing. In November of 2011, Old Crow's single, "Wagon Wheel," picked up the RIAA's Gold certification for selling more than 500,000 copies.
Old Crow Medicine Show: 'Wagon Wheel'
As most of you know, Darius Rucker joined the country scene just a few years ago, coming from the pop music world. Darius was the lead singer of the very popular band Hootie and The Blowfish.
With Darius' rich and bluesy vocals, Hootie & The Blowfish sold more than 25 million records worldwide in 1994 with hits such as "Hold My Hand," "Let Her Cry" and "Only Wanna Be With You."
The groups album, "Cracked Rear View," won them two Grammy's -- Best New Artist and Song of the Year by duo or group for "Let Her Cry." They also took home an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist for "Hold My Hand," a Billboard Music Award for album of the year, a People's Choice Award for Album of the Year and a People's Choice Award for Best Selling Artist, which they repeated in 1998.
Since becoming a country artist, Rucker has had an awesome few years. In 2008, he released Learn to Live, and the album's first single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," made him the first African-American with a No. 1 country song since Charley Pride in 1983. It was followed by two more singles that topped the chart -- "It Won't Be Like This For Long" and "Alright." Rucker earned the New Artist award from the Country Music Association. His 2010 album, Charleston, SC 1966, included two more Nos. 1, "Come Back Song" and "This." His biggest accomplishment, being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
The song is phenomenal, and personally I love both versions, but for different reasons. I really enjoy the folksy, quirky style of the Old Crow Medicine show, but the country version from Darius makes me smile! What about you guys?
Darius Rucker: 'Wagon Wheel'