niallon – Wagon Wheel

A whole new setup and a whole new batch of videos! We’ve gone all out in the niallon HQ and got a permanent setup going for our vids which is making life a hell of a lot easier and should bring a little consistency across our content. First of these is this week’s upload, Wagon Wheel. This song feels like it’s been around for a lifetime at this stage. We first came across is in college where our neighbours at the time were playing a regular bluegrass slot in a local bar every week. This was a staple feature of their set (usually as a medley with One Republic’s Apologise!) and we just got hooked on it from the off. This was long before the days of Darius Rucker and Nathan Carter and nobody seemed to have a clue what this song was. Then it just exploded. It was all over the radio, popping up in clubs, closing out weddings etc. It’s just a great tune, one with a weird, weird origin. The story goes that Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor came across a Bob Dylan outtake from the Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid bootlegs titled Rock Me Mama and with Secor filling in for the missing verses, Wagon Wheel was born. It’s a song about everything and nothing at the same time, telling the tale of a hitchiker trying to make his way across the USA with a reunion with his lover in mind. The song tells the journey and all that comes with traversing the American landscape. The funny thing is how American and un-American the song is at the same time. It contains details solely relevant to the American life and landscape, yet anyone who has ever found themselves a rambling soul will be able to relate with ease. A modern classic (oh, and make sure to watch till the end for yet another classic moment of stupidity!).

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Bachelors Degree in Arts from NUI Maynooth. Double Honours English & Philosophy.

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