This show is sold out.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Even if you've never heard of Old Crow Medicine Show, you've undoubtedly heard the band's biggest hit if you've been out at a bar. Ever.
"Wagon Wheel" might be considered this generation's "Free Bird." Its four basic chords make it popular at open mic nights, even for new players still learning their way around a guitar.
And though it's safe to say the song has become a staple at every gig the band plays, for front man Ketch Secor, none of that diminishes the song.
"Oh, it never gets old," he said, in a phone interview from his Nashville home. "Four aces in the hand never gets old. It's an honor to have a song like that in our catalog."
Secor and his fiddle, harmonica, guitar and banjo-wielding band mates will bring "Wagon Wheel" and the rest of their old-time music with a rock 'n' roll attitude to the Clay Center for a sold-out show Friday.
Despite its popularity, until recently, "Wagon Wheel" had mostly escaped radio airplay since its release on the band's major label debut, "O.C.M.S.," in 2004.
That is until Darius Rucker, of Hootie & the Blowfish fame, released his version of the song, making it a Top 40 hit earlier this year.
"Since Darius put it out, country music had to take notice of a band with three banjos," Secor said.
To say Secor wrote "Wagon Wheel" is only partly right. Secor actually finished a sketch of a song Bob Dylan wrote while working on the 1973 western "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid."
Secor's longtime bandmate, Critter Fuqua, got hold of a bootleg copy.
"Bob sang the chorus and mumbled a couple lyrics," Secor recalls. "It just stuck in my mind."
Secor, then a teenager, finished it, adding three verses to Dylan's chorus.
He remembers discussing the song with Dylan's son, Jakob, also a musician.
"I said I was 17 when I finished it, and he said, 'That makes sense. No one in their 30s would have the audacity to finish a Dylan song.'"
To this day, Secor hasn't met the man he shares writing credits with, although he recently sent the folk legend a platinum album when Rucker's version became a hit.
"Wagon Wheel" was also the favorite of First Lt. Leevi Barnard, whose story is told on the band's latest album, "Carry Me Back."