"Wagon Wheel" (CD Single)

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Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Sweet country love song features Duck Dynasty cast in video.

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Positive Messages

The single is a fairly upbeat love song. It also shows Rucker leaving his past behind to start a new life: "Lost my money playing poker so I had to leave town / But I ain't turning back to living that old life no more."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rucker stays fairly clean and positive.


The song features some mild innuendo in the chorus with "Rock me momma like a wagon wheel / Rock me momma any way you feel."


The music video features the cast members of the A&E TV show Duck Dynasty.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's one reference to drugs with "I caught a trucker out of Philly, had a nice long toke." And the music video shows Rucker performing at a venue where the audience members are drinking beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Darius Rucker has teamed up with Lady Antebellum and the cast of the TV show Duck Dynasty on this country track and music video. Though "Wagon Wheel" has one drug reference ("I caught a trucker out of Philly, had a nice long toke") and some mild innuendo ("Rock me momma any way you feel"), the mostly clean and positive lyrics make it OK for tweens and up.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat February 16, 2021
Kid, 12 years old December 10, 2020

"Headin' down south to the land of the pines..."

I remember seeing Darius Rucker in concert, and he played this exact song live. The moment I heard it, I fell in love with the song "Wagon Wheel".

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What's the story?

For his latest country single, Darius Rucker (formerly of Hootie & The Blowfish) has taken on the much-recorded "WAGON WHEEL," a sweet and fairly clean love song about hitchhiking to Raleigh to see your girl. The music video shows Rucker dreaming the story and features cast members of the TV show Duck Dynasty and the band Lady Antebellum, who also sing in the chorus.

Is it any good?

This version of "Wagon Wheel" is country-lite, missing the yodeling lilts and rougher edges of the original Old Crow Medicine Show rendition. But Rucker's smooth voice still does justice to the sweet love song, especially on the chorus. And fans of Lady Antebellum and Duck Dynasty will appreciate their cameos in the music video, which chronicles Rucker's hitchhiking journey and the cast of characters he meets along the way. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different versions of this song. "Wagon Wheel" was originally written by Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show and has also been recorded by Matt Andersen, Against Me!, and Darius Rucker. Which version do you like best? Why do you think so many different groups have recorded the song?

  • Why do you think Rucker included members of the TV show Duck Dynasty in the music video?

  • Why do you think Rucker left Hootie & The Blowfish to record country music? Do you like his solo music more or less than his music with Hootie & The Blowfish?

Music details

  • Artist: Darius Rucker
  • Release date: April 24, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Genre: Country
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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