Duck commanders roll into Watertown for video

UPDATE: Darius Rucker's new video, "Wagon Wheel," will premiere Friday at 7 p.m. on Duck Dynasty's Facebook page. To check it out, click here. Watertown residents were both surprised and elated Tuesday to get a visit from several stars fro...
Mar 6, 2013
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Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander fame poses for pictures and greets fans Tuesday on the square in Watertown.
 Photo: Photo courtesy of Facebook

Becky Fox, legal assistant to attorney and Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings, poses for a picture with country music star Darius Rucker while Rucker was at a video shoot Tuesday on the town square.

 

UPDATE: Darius Rucker's new video, "Wagon Wheel," will premiere Friday at 7 p.m. on Duck Dynasty's Facebook page. To check it out, click here.

Watertown residents were both surprised and elated Tuesday to get a visit from several stars from the world of hunting, reality television and country music.

Darius Rucker – former Hootie and the Blowfish lead man now successful country music sensation – came to the small Wilson County town Tuesday to film the video for his newest single, “Wagon Wheel.”

Watertown residents were both surprised and elated Tuesday to get a visit from several stars from the world of hunting, reality television and country music.

Darius Rucker – former Hootie and the Blowfish lead man now successful country music sensation – came to the small Wilson County town Tuesday to film the video for his newest single, “Wagon Wheel.”

But it was his guest stars for the video that turned heads when the burly, bearded Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson and Si Robertson showed up for the shoot with Willie Robertson’s wife, Korie Robertson, and daughter, Sadie Robertson.

The Robertsons are all featured on the hit television reality show, “Duck Dynasty,” which is the most-watched show and now in its third season on A&E. Willie Robertson is chief executive officer of Duck Commander, a duck call company started by the family patriarch, Phil Robertson. Jase Robertson is the company’s chief operating officer, and their Uncle Si Robertson is a reed maker with the business.

According to Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings, the town was abuzz Tuesday as the group shot video segments in and around Watertown, including at the town square.

“At about 8:15 a.m. as I was coming into town, I noticed on the left hand side of the road there was a police car with its lights on and people out in the field,” Jennings said. I said to myself, ‘that guy looks like Si Robertson from Duck Dynasty.’ I just figured there was a wreck or something like that. I wish I had stopped now.

“I didn’t find out they were in town until about 3:50 p.m. But we were happy to have them here supporting our town. They are great folks for taking the time to meet people and wish our basketball team well in the state tournament.”

Jim Amero, owner of Jim’s Antiques on the Watertown square, echoed Jennings’ remarks.

“We had visitors as we always do on a regular basis,” Amero said. “We had Darius Rucker and the Duck Dynasty family. It was exciting. These guys were scrambling all day long to stay warm and dry. We were proud, as always, that they chose Watertown. The scouts were here about a week ago, and another scout team was here at the same time. We don’t know who, but we are excited.”

Attempts to reach both the Robertsons and Rucker were unsuccessful by The Democrat on Wednesday, but tweets sent out by both Willie Robertson and Rucker indicated Watertown was a welcome site to shoot the video.

“Well me and family just helped Darius out with new video Wagon Wheel,” Willie Robertson tweeted late Tuesday. “Great to be in Nashville but the weather was not kind. Great song!!”

Robertson also tweeted, “Watertown was ROCKIN!!! Great seeing all the folks out there today, you braved the cold.”

On meeting the Robertson clan, Rucker tweeted, “Truly awesome when u meet folks and they r cooler and nicer than u thought they would be. Thank u.”

Jennings said the crew paid Watertown’s $500 license fee, standard price for shooting in the town.

Rucker now joins country stars Garth Brooks, Kellie Pickler, Little Big Town and Taylor Swift, who have each used Watertown for the backdrop for videos in the past, and Tom T. Hall wrote a song in 1997 about the town, appropriately titled, “Watertown, Tennessee.” Another A&E show, “American Pickers” also visited the White Elephant Emporium in Watertown for an episode.

 

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