I first posted this back in May. Since then there has not been a single week pass where someone has not emailed me looking for the songs again. So, I decided to make a repost and include a little more information:
The Old Crow Medicine Show version of this song is available on their Troubles Up and Down the Road EP (currently Out of Print). The Jason Webley/Rev. Peyton version is available on bonus disc of their Two Bottles of Wine album. The Dylan version can be found on the 5 disc collection Genuine Bootleg Series 1 and finally the Against Me! version can be found on the Fat Wreck Records compilation PROTECT.
There you go. Without further a do and by popular demand…I bring you the original (and unedited) Wagon Wheel post:
When I started typing this post I had no idea but today is Bob Dylan’s 66th Birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB.
This morning I was sitting here listening to the new cd, Two Bottles Of Wine by Jason Webley and Reverend Peyton. At the end of the cd is a cover song that I instantly recognized as Old Crow Medicine Show‘s, Wagon Wheel. Only, it’s labeled as Rock Me Mama (Bob Dylan Cover).
I am no Dylan expert but I thought if Wagon Wheel was actually a Dylan cover I would have known by now. This seemed like a job for Google. After a little looking I found this explination from OCMS’s Keith Secor:
“It’d be my pleasure to dispel the myth and rumor about the song Wagon Wheel, or “Rock Me Mama” as Bob Dylan himself called the song when he recorded it down in Mexico in 1972 for the soundtrack of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. This song was not released, and it was not finished either, this is a demo of a practice session of him, Rob Stoner, and a couple of gals doing the chorus over and over again while the bass player learns the bass line. That’s what I heard on a German bootleg about nine years ago in high school. And I wrote the lyrics to the song because I loved the chorus so much and I sung it in my head for maybe a year straight, and then just penned what I penned, which is something of an autobiographical story about just wanting to get outta town, gettin outta school, and just wanting to go play music. It’s sort of autobiographical like that. But yeah, it’s sort of a Bob Dylan co-write with about 25 years inbetween.”
Well there you go. As the late great Chris Thomas used to say, “That’s why you get up in the mornings. You never know what you might learn.”
Does anyone have a copy of that Dylan bootleg? I would really love to hear it. If you do please contact me.
edit: Thanks to the overwhelming response from the folks over on Expecting Rain we can now hear the Dylan bootleg.