-- Rick Weiland is trying to sing his way to the Senate.
In one parody, “Big Wheel,” inspired by Old Crow Medicine Show’s rendition of “Wagon Wheel,” Weiland sings, “So I’m running for the Senate but I’m not a big wheel, don’t have an RV, just my automobile / Hey, no one’s bought me.”
In “Everywhere Man,” he changes Cash’s lyrics to say, "I'm going everywhere man. Our country needs repair."
His songs are attracting attention because South Dakota is suddenly emerging as a competitive state in the battle over whether Democrats will maintain their majority in the Senate.
Weiland’s videos are mash-ups of campaign stops and performances, featuring what he calls the “Take It Back Band,” a mix of friends and family members named after his campaign slogan.
“It’s been good for the campaign and a good thing for politics,” Weiland told ABC News. “I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback.”
While the videos may be a breath of fresh air to voters who have grown tired of traditional campaign ads, Weiland has been writing and performing parody songs for years.
While he never jammed with Clinton, who plays the saxophone, Weiland played music with FEMA colleagues, including director James Lee Witt—now a Democratic candidate for Congress in Arkansas.
“We wrote some really great FEMA parodies on American Pie,” Weiland said. “We rhymed ‘Chevy’ with ‘levee,’ it was a lot of fun.”
Weiland has aired each video in full once during the campaign. With the songs checking in at roughly three minutes, it’s a feat only possible in South Dakota, where campaign ads are relatively cheap compared with states like Kentucky and North Carolina.
Should Weiland's campaign release their fourth and final music video--a rendition of Cash's "I Walk the Line"--before the election, it will have to share time with ads from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which will spend $1 million in South Dakota on ads and a field operation.
ABC's Jeff Zeleny contributed to this report.