Old Crow Medicine Show Plan Special Gold Release
Originally sketched by Bob Dylan and later finished by Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor, "Wagon Wheel" remains the band's most revered and top-selling single. The 7" vinyl will be numbered and feature a previously unreleased b-side, "All Night Long" (Live).
Secor reflects on the history of "Wagon Wheel": "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.
Additionally, the band's first-ever live DVD, Live From The Orange Peel And Tennessee Theatre, is now available digitally on iTunes. Directed by Lee Tucker (who also directed the band's videos for "Wagon Wheel" and "Tell It To Me"), Live at the Orange Peel and Tennessee Theatre was recorded over two nights last December and features performances of 20 songs.