Darius Rucker Drops By Top 20

Darius Rucker had so much fun the last time time he joined Nan Kelley on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown he’s going to come back just three weeks later as the special guest on this weekend’s edition. A little has happened since that last visit. Darius hit No. 1 on the country singles charts with “Come Back Song” and he topped the Billboard country albums list with Charleston, SC 1966, his second country album. The last one, Live To Learn, went platinum on the strength of four hit singles, and a year ago, it led to Darius winning New Artist of the Year from the Country Music Association. It was a bit of a long shot — he was the lead singer of a rock band, Hootie + The Blowfish, and that kind of career shift doesn’t always work. So after the first country album succeeded, he was insistent that the follow-up would not be a disappointment. He’d seen that kind of result after Cracked Rear View sold 16 million copies. Read More

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