Darius Rucker is back with his new album, True Believers, in stores this week featuring his monster hit, "Wagon Wheel." That song has been a staple on college campuses and in honky tonks since Old Crow Medicine Show released their version a few years back, but Darius had no clue "Wagon Wheel" had such a cult following when he cut it.
"I just think recording that song for me was such an organic thing," Darius tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, I'm old and out of touch with today's popular music, and I didn't know it was so big on college campuses. I just didn't know. I was just cutting a great song I heard."
Darius is a fan of Old Crow Medicine Show's music, and he simply thought "Wagon Wheel" would be a great song to put on True Believers.
He says, "Even after we cut it, I thought, this is gonna be a great album track. You know, put it the last song on the record, a really great way to go out."
As for the rest of the True Believers album, Darius wants his fans to know he put a lot of time and heart into getting these songs just right for them.
Says Darius, "Making a record is always hard because I want to make a great record. I want to make a record that my fans want to go get."
Though he may start out worrying about getting it right, Darius usually lets the music take over once he gets into the studio. That was the case while making True Believers.
He says, "Whenever it gets hard in the studio, I always say, 'Sing what you feel.' And that usually works out."
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