Wagon Wheel: Love it or Hate it?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by IMadeYouReadThis, May 26, 2019.

Are you a fan of Darius Rucker's Wagon Wheel?

  1. Yes, Wagon Wheel is a great song; I'd listen on the radio.

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    37.8%
  2. It certainly isn't a bad song; but I'd likely tune to another channel if it came on the radio.

    37 vote(s)
    31.1%
  3. Wagon Wheel is terrible; I'd very quickly be changing the station.

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    31.1%
  1. ndcaster

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    I don't know, but Johnson City is east of the Cumberland Gap
     
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    No man, I played there last night.
    It’s about 45 miles from Austin.;)
     
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    Hot garbage.
     
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    We do a revved up version with 3 part harmony on the chorus. It's fun to sing the harmonies, and it always gets people up dancing. Weather I like it or not is irrelevant.
     
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  5. David Barnett

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    It occurs to me that I mixed a set for Old Crow Medicine Show sometime around the end of the 1990s. I remember little, except that the banjo player cheated, his banjo had six strings and a guitar neck.

    Since then I watched with bewilderment as "Wagon Wheel" became a staple in the sets of country bands, acoustic acts, bluegrass bands, and jam bands. It was well established as an overplayed warhorse long before Darius Rucker got his hands on it.
     
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    I'm in continental Europe where the song is not overplayed at all. I came across the OCMS album which has it on it and really liked it without knowing that it had been played to death in the States. We play it regularly and it is always a crowd pleaser. It is sometimes a bit tiresome to sing because of the repetitive melody and the limited tonal range, but it is fun to have the reaction.

    I correct the geographic location of Johnson City in the lyrics.

    I like the original video with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.



    We also play Sweet Amarillo. :)
     
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    I've always seen these labelled as Moon Pies. Is it a regional thing?
     
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    Much prefer the original by Old Crow Medicine Show, and still a fun song to strum to, or fingerstyle through the chord progression.
     
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    You should have an option of *other* - I play and sing it almost every week. Not by choice.
     
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    I ve heard it before, but not by Hootie or Old Crow. It must be covered by a lot of bands that are on "Mountain Stage" or " Etown " on NPR.
     
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    That’s not necessarily a bad thing. There are a lot of songs I carry on my memory stick that I found on TDPRI and never heard on the radio. In fact, I’ve found that my musical tastes have really broadened as I listen to radio less and less and download what I find here more and more.
     
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    I misread the title before voting. I’m indifferent to the Rucker version. His voice combined with the melody is easy to identify with because it is in most adult males’ range. I suppose it is better than 95% of music played on “country music” radio stations this decade, which isn’t saying a whole lot.

    I’ll play it in acoustic settings if requested. Overplayed yes, but it usually goes over well.
     
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    why play something with no joy? stop lying to your audience.
     
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    why?
     
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    No criticism meant. It's more of a comment on musical diversity. Some folks say they hear a song everywhere and are sick of it, others say they've never heard it once.
     
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    It’s kinda infectious...but so is typhoid, so...
     
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    ...so...you're like the set list police? What's it to you?

    I've dodged this bullet so far; hadn't heard the OCMS version, heard snippets of the Darius version here and there. Jimmy crack corn. It's ok, not a terrible song, not particularly memorable. Apologies to those for whom it is an occupational hazard.
     
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    I haven't listened to much "hitsville" radio in ages, so it was new to me when a band member suggested we add it a few years back. I think of us at the core as an R&B cover band with a sprinkling of rock and country-ish crossovers (think Dead Flowers or Walk of life) included each set.

    From that context, it works well for us. Fun to play, highlights our vocal harmonies and it always gets a good response. But I'm biased since I'm our designated "twang solo" guy. :)
     
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    it kind of reminds me of 'you ain't going no where' which I have also grown weary of... but I have to play it sometimes...

    otoh, a song I NEVER grow weary of (that is/was overplayed) is 'too late to turn back now' I never get tired of that song.. go figure!
     
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    I suggest making it more metal:

     
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