Bob Dylan is experiencing a career first, courtesy of the country music community.
More than 50 years into his career, the folk-rock legend is a first-time nominee for the Country Music Association Awards. He's in the running for Song of the Year for the track "Wagon Wheel" - a tune he sketched out over 40 years ago.
While Dylan never formally finished the song, Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor took up the task a decade ago, after discovering the tune on a Dylan bootleg. He completed the song for his group to include on their 2004 self-titled debut disc.
In 2012, Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker covered "Wagon Wheel" for his third solo country album. His version of the song topped the country charts back in the spring, which earned the track two CMA nominations.
"Wagon Wheel" is up for Single of the Year, recognizing Rucker's performance, and Song of the Year, which will go to Dylan and Secor if it wins.
The 47th annual CMA Awards will be presented in Nashville, and air on ABC Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. And Dylan just might be on hand for the event! While there's been no confirmation of his participation, Rucker has said he's reached out to Dylan's camp in an effort to bring him to the ceremony.
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