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.

    45 vote(s)
    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.

    37 vote(s)
    31.1%
  1. stxrus

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    Agreed. A good catchy tune that gets the dancers up
     
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    I like Old Crow Medicine Show's version best, but Darius Rucker's isn't bad either.
    Funny thing about that song...I do get weary hearing it but never tire of playing it. Go figure. Probably has something to do with those listening, having fun and enjoying themselves. Yeah, that's probably it. :)
     
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    Can someone explain to me why audiences go crazy for the line "Johnson City Tennessee", even if none of them are from Tennessee or have ever been there?
     
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    Both posts nailed it for me. No ill will to Darius, his only crime was bringing it to the masses.
     
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    I've heard its a town full of ?icks.
     
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    Because it's at a stop in the song so it makes it stand out so the masses remember the lyric.
     
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    And Rucker's version is awful.
     
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    I never even heard this song till Fall 2017. I started taking a group acoustic class and we played it the first night I went.

    In 2018 we went to Florida and I heard 3 different bands cover it in the same night. At that point I understood why it gets complaints here on TDPRI.

    I mostly think of the OCMS version. I’ve never heard either version on the radio being from Boston. My wife has listened to country radio for many years and thought Darius Rucker wrote this song so she must have heard it a lot.
     
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    I'd never heard it before just now.

    And I guess I've still not really heard it, but, I did make it through the halfway point of the first chorus.
     
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    And that's what makes women lift their arms over their heads and scream?
     
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    first time for me just now as well.... you don't hear music like that around here... fortunately..:lol:
     
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    Don't like Darius Rucker's voice.
     
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    I wouldn't call it a "great" song, or a 'terrible" one. I neither "love it" nor "hate it." But I play and sing it as part of my performance repertoire, sometimes by request, sometimes because I actually choose to play it.

    I couldn't vote in the poll. None of the three options fit. Plus, it was specifically tied to the Darius Rucker version. I like his rendition just fine, but I haven't listened to it that much; I'm more familiar with the OCMS version. Now I don't listen to either version that much. If I feel like hearing it, I just sing it myself.
     
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    Have you seen this in more than just the live version of the song?
     
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    I'm in a band that has played it, and it's fun enough in a really shallow way. IMO, it's a total cliche, commercial POS, but aparrently, there's an audience for such dreck. It's a really empty, inauthentic song.
     
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    The version of this song that has become popular in the UK, and especially on the Irish pub circuit, is that of Nathan Carter. He's actually English but is huge among the Irish population both in the UK and at home, and over here the song is universally associated with him.

    I absolutely cannot stand what seems to me the cocky, smug and self-satisfied attitude his performances exude. He actually recorded the song before Darius Rucker, but of the two I prefer Rucker's rendition. That, however, is not saying a lot.

    I play and sing the song as it's a crowd-pleaser, but equally if I never heard it again it wouldn't bother me a bit.
     
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    To me, it’s the millennial “Margaritaville”.
    It’s lyrically vacant, melodically repetitious beyond belief, and as overdone/overplayed as humanly possible.
    Oh well, people like it, it fills dance floors when you cover it, and it’s only 3-4 minutes of your life.
    What key, man?
     
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    G. What time’s the break?
     
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    At the monthly gentle sing-song in my local village pub there's an old boy who comes along with his D-28, a beautiful guitar that always sounds amazing. Anyway, he has a very narrow repetoire including a couple of heartfelt originals he's written. At regular intervals though he plays Wagon Wheel and everyone joins in with it. Apart from me. I can't stand the song.

    Brookdale Bill hits the nail on the head.
     
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