See Darius Rucker & The Band Perry on Top 20

Darius Rucker and The Band Perry released albums on the same day, and now they’re appearing on the same show, joining host Nan Kelley on this weekend’s edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. The Band Perry’s self-titled debut album came out on Tuesday, featuring the group’s first Top 20 hit, “Hip To My Heart,” as well as its current ballad, “If I Die Young,” which has already become the trio’s first gold single. “If I Die Young” is No. 15 on this week’s Top 20. The new Darius album, Charleston, SC 1966, was also released on Tuesday, and it contains a successful single of its own, “Come Back Song.” If you saw the title before you actually heard the song, you might have thought it was about a veteran musician’s career. Which means Darius and his co-writers, Casey Beathard and Chris Stapleton, succeeded in their attempts to twist the meaning. Read More

Darius Rucker On Writing for Country

Darius Rucker knows what it’s like to be on a roll. He’s done it twice. In 1995, he was a co-writer and the lead singer on four hits from one pop album as a member of Hootie + The Blowfish. In 2008, he was a co-writer and the singer on four hits from one album once again — but this time, it was his debut project as a country artist. Does he have to do something different to write country songs? Read More

Dierks Bentley Switches Things Up

Dierks Bentley has built his reputation as an artist by mixing mainstream country with alternative sounds, playing clubs with Cross Canadian Ragweed and even playing a date on Chicago’s Lollapalooza stage. But for his next album, Up On The Ridge, he’s scaling back on the volume for an album that’s built around acoustic and bluegrass sounds. One of country’s hardest-working artists, Dierks used the opportunity to scale back on his schedule, too. Read More