This duet with Darius Rucker's Capitol Records labelmates and frequent tourmates, Lady Antebellum, is a cover of a song that was made famous by alt-country's Old Crow Medicine Show. It was released as the second single from his third country album True Believers
. Rucker told The Boot
and other reporters at a media event that he has his 17-year-old daughter, Cary, to thank for bringing the tune to his attention. "Somebody had played 'Wagon Wheel' for me years ago," he explained. "It was one of those things that I didn't really get. So, I'm at my daughter's high school talent show, and I'm sitting in the audience with my family. We were watching my daughter, and the faculty band gets up. It's just the faculty from her school, and they play 'Wagon Wheel.' I'm sitting in the audience, and they get to the middle of the chorus, and I turned to my wife, and I go, 'I've got to cut this song.' I'm serious. This all happened in three-and-a-half minutes, four minutes, while they're playing the song."
Rucker added that he texted his producer Frank Rogers asking if he knew the song. "He's like, 'Yeah. It's by Old Crow Medicine Show. A lot of people have cut it,'" he recalled. "I said, 'I don't care! I'm cutting it!' He's like, 'Yeah, dude. We'll try it. We'll cut it.' So I cut it, and it was great after we finished it."