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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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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?