By Jason the 200 lb. Cowboy

Darius Rucker heads to Sin City next week for the ACM Awards. He’s nominated in three categories — Single, Song and Vocal Event of the Year — for his recording of “Wagon Wheel,” which also features his friends and label mates Lady Antebellum.

Darius tells The Dr. Don Show with Rachael and Grunwald that the idea to include Lady A came after he and producer Frank Rogers thought they were done with the song. “We cut it, and after we finished it, it was great. And then so Frank and I were talking about what we’re gonna do, and I was like, ‘You know, I’m on tour with Lady A. Let’s see if they’ll sing on the backgrounds.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, ask ‘em.’ And they loved the song and came in and did it, and that song went from being . . . I cut it to put it as the last song on my record, to end the record that way, and when they were done, I was like, ‘Man, it’ll probably be second, and (laughs) if it’s the first single, I’m OK with that too.’ It was just so great . . . and it’s really great to get a song that’s so big in its own way.”

While in Vegas, Darius will once again host the ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic on Saturday, April 5th. The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 6th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

CHECK IT OUT! Darius with Lady A performing “Wagon Wheel” last year:


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