Singer Darius Rucker’s wagon wheels rolling

Darius Rucker may have a big night at the one country awards show that doesn’t go off in Las Vegas, the Country Music Association awards from Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 6.

But he can use Friday’s outdoor show at Red Rock Resort to tune up “Wagon Wheel,” the song co-written by Bob Dylan that’s up for Single of the Year (and only has to compete with “Highway Don’t Care” by some no-names, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban).

Rucker has been a country singer since 2008, and there is no longer even a themed lounge at the Silverton to remind people there once was a group called Hootie &The Blowfish.

However, the set list for a casino show last month included not only a couple of Hootie hits, but “The Joker” by Steve Miller and “Purple Rain” by Prince.

Contact reporter Mike Weatherford at or 702-383-0288.

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