Darius Rucker: Not Mad His Song Is Banned At A Nashville Bar
Darius Rucker is celebrating his album, True Believers, which turns ten years old this year. That album includes one of his most popular solo songs, “Wagon Wheel.” The song changed his country music career, winning a Grammy in 2013 for Best Solo Country Performance.
We interviewed Darius yesterday (9/20), and he talked about the song, which has been certified Diamond, for sales in excess of 10 million. He told us, “‘Wagon Wheel’ is one of those songs that all of us artists want. It’s a song that just won’t stop.”
He continued, “I remember a year ago or two years ago, we were about to announce that we had sold ten million copies, and we were waiting a couple of months till I could get to town and do the party, and then it got to eleven. You go like, ‘Wow.’ It’s just one of those songs that just resonates with people, and I’m so proud of it.”
Rucker was in a Nashville bar not long ago when he realized that the song was so popular it was banned. He explained, “I went into Tootsies the other night, and they had one of the signs that said ‘Ten days since somebody played ‘Wagon Wheel.’ And somebody said, ‘Does that bother you?’ and I said, ‘No, that doesn’t bother me. Do you know how big your song is for people to ban it from a bar?’ They banned ‘Freebird.’ They don’t ban songs that aren’t big. (laughs). It doesn’t bother me in the least.”
Darius considers himself an elder statesman in country music these days, and “Wagon Wheel” is a big part of that distinction. He noted, “That song is part of country music history, and it makes me so proud.”
He added, “That record had a life of its own. I can’t believe it’s been ten years since True Believers.”
Rucker releases his next country album, the first one in six years, called Carolyn’s Boy, on October 6. A few days before that, on October 4, Darius Darius will get a star on the Music City Walk of Fame Park. Inductees are recognized for their significant work preserving Nashville’s musical heritage and contributing to the world through song.
Professional wrestler and Rucker’s good friend Ric Flair will be in attendance to induct him.