The song, which is about a hitchhiking journey across the country, has had a long journey of its own. The chorus and melody were originally recorded by Bob Dylan and was only released on a bootleg. Old Crow Medicine Show wrote verses around the original chorus and released the song to popular acclaim for their major album debut. Following a popular live rendition of the song alongside Old Crow Medicine Show, Rucker announced he would record his own version. Rucker's single is just as strong and infectious as the other covers. Yet, Rucker makes the song even catchier than the original as his passion comes through, especially in the appealing chorus. Lady Antebellum helps round out the song, providing supporting vocals during many parts of the song. It'll be hard for country fans to avoid singing along with the energetic Rucker track. "So rock me momma like a wagon wheel/Rock me momma any way you feel/Hey momma rock me."
'Wagon Wheel' has also been covered by many other artists, including Against Me! and Mumford & Sons. Rucker's fourth solo album is his third in the country genre and is expected to be released in June. Rock away to 'Wagon Wheel' right now on AOL Radio's New Country First.