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Published: 2011/11/15

Old Crow Medicine Show Goes Gold, Reflect on "Wagon Wheel"

Old Crow Medicine Show’s sing-along “Wagon Wheel,” a reworking of a forgotten Bob Dylan song, has been certified gold by the RIAA®, with sales nearing 600,000 digital tracks. To celebrate, the band will release a limited edition 7” vinyl of the song next week. In a statement Old Crow’s Ketch Secor says, “ ‘Wagon Wheel’ is a gold record 75 years in the making. Back in 1995, I first heard Bob Dylan sing that striking chorus on his unfinished 1972 studio outtake of ‘Rock Me Mama.’ Being an audacious, banjo-picking teenager, I quickly rattled off three verses and rushed it out to coffeehouses and street corners, singing it to anyone who would listen. In 2003, seeking a copyright to the song, I learned that Dylan had credited it to Memphis songster Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup, who recorded the 1950’s boogie-woogie number ‘Rock Me Mama.’ From there, I learned that Crudup attributed the song to Mississippi-turned-Chicagoan Big Bill Broonzy, who recorded it way back in the late 1920’s. So, from Big Bill to Big Boy to Bob and on down to me, ‘Wagon Wheel’ has become a true American folksong, borrowed, half-stolen, and sung out far and wide. The rest, as they say, is history.”

Old Crow’s first-ever live DVD, Live From The Orange Peel And Tennessee Theatre , is now available digitally on iTunes.


There are 4 comments associated with this post

Ryan Luse November 15, 2011, 15:54:49

Dear Old Crow Medicine Show, I just wanted to let you guys know I proposed to my girlfriend Anna in New York City on November 11th at 11:11 pm. It happened at a restaurant in called the Little Owl song to our official song Wagon Wheel. It was an epic moment and the greatest music musical memory of my lifetime. Oh and she said yes! Best Wishes, Ryan Luse & Anna Martwick

hahaha November 16, 2011, 16:14:14

Thank you for making me laugh today Ryan Luse. On a serious note, congratulations….but that made me laugh.

Pete Wrench November 17, 2011, 02:51:59

It’s funny how the song gets under people’s skins – more here

Mike Anderson November 17, 2011, 10:41:35

Broonzy and Crudup’s versions of Rock Me Mama sound nothing like Dylan’s, but Old Crow’s version sounds exactly like Dylan’s. That’s why Secor and Dylan have signed a co-writing agreement on the song.

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