R&B singer turned Country superstar Darius Rucker has released an official teaser for his upcoming music video "Wagon Wheel." Taking a pop twist on the Old Crow Medicine Show signature tune, Rucker supplies his own raw emotion and interpretation onto the lyrics, furthering the song's impact on a younger (and more internet savvy) generation. In the clip, the cast of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" and Lady Antebellum appear to make a cool cameo.
"Is this a dream? Or is it reality?" he ponders throughout the teaser. "Maybe both?" In the 26-second sneak peek, fans can get a taste of the direction of the music video, harkening back to old times and camaraderie among friends. There is even a vintage element that seeps over the images, leading many to believe it may be his best production to-date.
My wife came up with the idea to have the Duck Dynasty guys in the 'Wagon Wheel' music video, and I thought we had no chance because they're so busy so I never even said it out loud, Rucker explains. Thank God she called my manager because the DD folks took this video to a whole new level! Big thanks to them and Charles... It was a good time for sure, and I can't wait to see how the video turns out!
His version of "Wagon Wheel" currently sits in the Top 20 of the Mediabase radio airplay charts and serves as the second single from his forthcoming True Believers album, out May 21. "I'm very proud of this record," he tells "The Boot." "The songs, the co-writes, the vibe it's all really different from what we've recorded and released on the past two albums, and I hope that difference resonates with the fans."
As the followup to 2010's gold-selling set Charleston, SC 1966, the album promises even more boundary exploration and boasts 10 self-penned tracks (out of 12). The crooner's first solo Country project titled Back to Then arrived in 2002 on Hidden Beach Records. However, the album failed to generate any hits, and he later parted ways with the label. After a six year hiatus, Rucker landed a major label deal with Capitol Nashville, releasing Learn to Live in 2008, bowing at No. 1 on "Billboard Country Albums." He has since produced five No. 1 hit country songs.