Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel (Tab and Chords)

Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel (Chords)

What a brilliant song. And one that’s very popular with uke groups. It started life as a half-written Bob Dylan song called Rock Me, Mama before OCMS finished it up and launched their career with it. It’s been covered many times since with Darius Rucker‘s being the most popular.

Like the original, I’m using a capo on the second fret. It’s not essential but it does make the chords much easier and avoids the dreaded E chord.

Suggested Strumming

You can use this simple pattern all the way through:

d – d – d u d u

Use that once for every chord until the last C in the progression where you play it twice.

Here’s how it sounds:

Strumming pattern

Twiddley Bits

Intro and Outro (Tab)

Here’s an arrangement of the violin part in the intro (which starts four bars into the song). Again, there’s a capo on the second fret.

The example finishes up with the violin lick in the outro.


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  1. kaj warming June 7th, 2017 11:37 am

    why not doing the tab in A as I believe the Wagon Wheel key is.
    Of course it’s no big problem to transpose but why not make it easy, and it sounds much better in A.

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  2. kaj warming June 7th, 2017 12:25 pm

    The dreaded E chord….I have yet to meet a song where the easy E7 can’t be used, all our song use the E7……and it fits so well with fingering A and D.


  3. Will June 7th, 2017 4:24 pm

    This is a nice tune. Easy or play and well relieved at an after dinner session. It got everyone singing!
    Thanks for the intro section it’s what we were missing

  4. Sandy June 7th, 2017 4:49 pm

    Thanks again…LOVE the strumming pattern information, it is most helpful. And your intro sounds great, I’ll be working on that this weekend for sure!

  5. Jeff West June 8th, 2017 5:47 am

    I like your working out the twiddley bits. I shared the link on Humble Baritonics.

  6. Woodshed June 8th, 2017 11:21 am

    kaj: It is in A with the capo on the second fret.

    Will: Great! Glad you like it.

    Sandy: Thanks very much!

    Jeff: Thanks very much for the share!

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