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Story Behind the Song: “Wagon Wheel”


Courtesy: Capitol Nashville

There’s no denying my love for Darius Rucker. A huge reason I fell in love with country music, he was the first artist I ever interviewed in a press conference setting and an experience I’ll never forget. It was 2009 and my first trip to Nashville. At this point in time I was very much a country newbie and a fish out of water in the press room.

Being my first time in the press room, I kept raising my hand in hopes to get my question answered. When the last question was asked and the publicist started to usher him off the stage he pointed in my direction. “You’ve been so patient this whole time,” he said. “What’s your question?”

After looking around and realizing he was talking to me, I was shocked and thankful to be given a second of his time. So, I asked him how his Hootie fans have reacted to his leap into country music and he told me they’ve embraced and supported his career in country music. Still stunned he pointed me out in the crowd I instantly knew country would become my new favorite genre.

Since that moment, I fell deeply in love with country. I’ve been lucky to have interviewed Darius three times since that day in the press room and he’s always been such a nice, friendly guy and great interview. During my most recent interview, he told me the story behind his GRAMMY-nominated song “Wagon Wheel.”

“When I heard ‘Wagon Wheel’ at my daughter’s high school talent contest, I don’t know what it was about the song, because I had heard the song before,” he told me. “When I heard it there I just thought, ‘Man some day I’m going to cut the song for a record.’ It was really one of those lightning bolt things that I can’t even explain.”

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Features Interviews

GRAMMY Gourmet with Colbie Caillat

Courtesy: Republic Records
Courtesy: Republic Records

I’ve been lucky to have interviewed Colbie Caillat four times over the years, both for my blog and other outlets I write for. Most recently, I met up with Colbie to learn about her forthcoming album, due out later this year.

Currently nominated for a GRAMMY with Gavin DeGraw for their song “We Both Know” from the soundtrack Safe Haven, I also talked with her about her road diet for a feature on called GRAMMY Gourmet and the difficulties being a vegetarian on the road can bring.

“It can be challenging, you don’t get to eat the foods you normally eat at home,” she told me. “You can’t cook. You’re on a bus with tons of people and different cities every day living out of a suitcase. It’s a lot of wear on your mind and body.”



Hunter Hayes Celebrates GRAMMY Noms & Releases Video


Hunter Hayes has a lot to be thankful for this year. With the chart-topping success of his single “Wanted,” and now having just received three GRAMMY nominations, he shows no sign of slowing down.

In fact, just last week Hunter released the music video for his new single “Somebody’s Heartbreak.”

I chatted with Hunter about the story behind his new single. A song he calls the follow up to “Wanted,” learn the inspiration behind the song.

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Grammy Awards Tonight on CBS!

The 52nd annual Grammy Awards air tonight on CBS at 8 p.m. Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood and Usher will be on hand for a special 3-D GRAMMY tribute to Michael Jackson. Do you have your 3-D glasses on hand?

With additional performances by Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Maxwell, Pink, Zac Brown Band and more, the night’s sure to be jam-packed.

Taylor Swift and Beyoncé lead with the most nominations and my bet (and hopes) include Kanye West not making an appearance onstage. I’m sure there will be plenty of excitement regardless. Who do you think the big winners will be?

I’ll be live tweeting if you don’t have a chance to watch the show, so be sure to follow me on Twitter here.