Everyone knows Bruce Springsteen is from New Jersey. Darius Rucker? He’s from Charleston. And he wants people to know it. He chose to name his latest album Charleston, SC 1966 as an homage to his hometown and tells StarNews Online that he can’t imagine living anywhere else, now that he’s grown with a family of his own.
“I love my hometown so much,” Darius said. “I’m that guy, when I was a kid I would tell everybody there’s no way I’m ever going to live here. And now that I’m an adult there’s no place else I’d live. When the plane lands or my bus pulls up, I feel like I’m home. The city has the nicest people in the world, I really believe that. There’s no city in the world nicer than Charleston.
Darius made the transition from Hootie and the Blowfish frontman to solo country music star look almost seamless. A lesser known fact, however, is that Darius released a solo R&B album in 2002. Darius told StarNews Online that album was more of a ‘moment in time’ — while his country recordings feel right.
“You know, I think that R&B album was a moment in time when I was really loving Al Green, and I was so into The Notorious B.I.G. and Lauryn Hill at the time,” Darius said. “I don’t think I could’ve done anything else at that point. That was fun for a minute, but I don’t know if it would feel right now. This feels right.”
Country music has never been too much of a departure from the sounds of Hootie and the Blowfish. Darius has often described the band as, “as close to country as they could be without being called a country band.” He still finds time to tour with Hootie in between his solo dates and he even hinted that there may be another Hootie tour and album one day.
“The Hootie guys only do two or three shows a year for charity,” he told StarNews Online. “I’m sure there’ll be another Hootie tour sometime, another Hootie record. But country music’s my day job.”
However, that doesn’t mean fans won’t hear their favorite Hootie song when they see Darius in concert. “I really think I would be ripping people off, taking their money, if I didn’t play “Let Her Cry” and “Hold My Hand,” Darius said. “That’s what you call a good problem to have. Everybody knows those songs.”