Darius Rucker made his mark on the music industry as frontman for Hootie and the Blowfish. When he set to work on recording his debut country album, he was welcomed by Nashville’s music community with open arms, despite being known as a pop/rock artist.
“It’s just a different animal than rock and pop,” Darius told the Charlotte Observer. “It’s the only music that has one city where it all comes out of. It’s just a family atmosphere. You have your parties and all that. But even the music that’s on the radio – the one thing that’s so different than pop is the radio and fans. Pop music is always on the lookout for the next big thing. Country wants the next big thing, but it also wants to hold on to the music they already have.”
Darius didn’t plan on being successful as a country artist after the heydays of Hootie and the Blowfish passed. He was just in town to make a country record. “I didn’t think I was going to have success,” he said. “I was making the record for me. I just happened to get a record deal.”
While Hootie and the Blowfish’s sound wasn’t far from the sound of mainstream country, it was Radney Foster that inspired Darius to take the country route. “That was when I realized that I could sing it,” he told the paper. “I didn’t really think I could be a country singer. It was listening to it and realizing how great it was and singing along – (I thought) ‘I want to sound like this guy.’”
Darius is currently headlining a series of shows on a fall tour and will join Lady Antebellum on their Own The Night World Tour beginning in January.