Saturday, December 07, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Darius Rucker

Artist:Darius Rucker
Song:Wagon Wheel
Album:True Believers

Darius Rucker seemed to disappear after Hootie and the Blowfish faded in the 90s. But he has found his calling in country music. Wagon Wheel is his biggest hit to date as a solo artist. Rucker was born May 13, 1966 in Charleston, SC and grew up singing in church. He became famous as lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish. When the band faded, Rucker recorded an R & B album for the band's label Atlantic. When they decided not to release it, Rucker signed with Hidden Beach Recordings. They bought the masters and released it as Back To Then in 2002. The CD was produced by Vidal Davis who also produced Jill Scott who was on Hidden Beach at the time. After the CD didn't sell, Rucker seemed to disappear though you may recall seeing him in a 2005 Burger King commercial. He signed with Capitol Records in 2008. His producer is Frank Rogers who also produces Brad Paisley. Rucker's first single Don't Think I Don't Think About It was the first top 20 country hit for a black artist since Charley Pride in 1988. The CD Learn To Live was certified Gold and there were three number one country singles. Rucker won the 2009 CMA New Artist of the Year award. With his latest CD True Believers, Rucker has continued his success. Wagon Wheel is his biggest hit to date. It topped the Country Singles chart and reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bob Dylan wrote the chorus for Wagon Wheel while writing the music for the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. He didn't finish the song and it was not released. But it did appear on bootleg LPs as Rock Me Mama. Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show wrote verses for the song and retitled it Wagon Wheel. Rucker knew the song and decided to record it after hearing it played by his daughter's high school band at a talent show. He announced Wagon Wheel's release at the Grand Ole Opry when he performed it with OCMS. He also performed it on the recent CMA Awards broadcast. Rucker will begin 2014 on tour to promote True Believers. Here's the video for Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker. Appearing in the video are the cast of the popular reality show Duck Dynasty and Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum who sing backup vocals on the record. And I think the band is Old Crow Medicine Show.

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