After his composition “Wagon Wheel” hit No. 1 on the country charts recently, Bob Dylan was obviously pleased with the way things turned out. So he provided Old Crow Medicine Show — the group that first cut it — with another “scrap” of a song that they could try recording.
The result is “Sweet Amarillo,” and it appears on Old Crow Medicine Show’s brand-new album Remedy, which was just released this past Tuesday (July 1).
Today (July 3), the band released a music video for “Sweet Amarillo,” perhaps the next song in the band’s catalog to capitalize on a Dylan co-writing credit.
“Wagon Wheel” was originally written and recorded by Dylan under the title “Rock Me Mama.” Old Crow Medicine Show recorded a new version of the song in 2004, with new verses written around Dylan’s original chorus; then Darius Rucker recorded a version and took it to the top of the country charts. Rucker’s version went on to win a GRAMMY this year.
In an interview with CMT, Old Crow Medicine Show bandleader Secor explained how the group came to record another Dylan song, “Sweet Amarillo,” for their new album Remedy.
Dylan, he said, was thrilled with the attention “Wagon Wheel” received. “We got an email from Bob Dylan’s manager saying congratulations right around the time Darius Rucker had a No. 1 single with ‘Wagon Wheel.’ It’s not every day that country music recognizes this great pioneer and huge influence, Bob Dylan. Bob doesn’t have many No. 1 songs in any genres. So it was a big deal to get one.”