Darius Rucker Does It All

By Kip Kirby © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Darius Rucker wasn’t expecting interruptions during his Grand Ole Opry set on the night of Oct. 2. He was nearly through with his performance, playing songs from his upcoming third album True Believers and enjoying the response from the sellout [...] Read More

GAC Album Review: Darius Rucker’s True Believers

As his current single, “Wagon Wheel,” takes its place at the top of the country music charts, singer/songwriter Darius Rucker is releasing his third solo album for Capitol Records Nashville. True Believers, the follow up to his 2010 gold-certified record, Charleston, SC 1966, is a 12-song set once again showing that this man can craft [...] Read More

Darius Rucker Says Hootie & The Blowfish Will Record Again

Darius Rucker has established himself as a successful solo artist in the country music genre, but he is still part of Hootie & The Blowfish. Darius tells Billboard that while making country music is his priority, the band isn’t quite done yet. “There’s one more Hootie record and tour that we’re going to do,” he [...] Read More

Darius Rucker: Monumental Moment In Time

When Darius Rucker put together his second country album, he decided to title it Charleston, SC 1966 as a method of paying tribute to one of his biggest influences in country music: Radney Foster. Radney came to prominence in the late 1980s as one-half of a duo, Foster & Lloyd, and in recent years, he’s earned success as a songwriter of Sara Evans’ “A Real Fine Place To Star” and Keith Urban’s “Raining On Sunday” and “I’m In.” But Radney’s also a fine solo performer, and his first album after leaving Foster & Lloyd was named after the city and year of his birth, Del Rio, Texas 1959. Darius’ Charleston, SC 1966 very closely resembles that template, a sort of monument to Radney’s inspiration, which led Darius to discover a whole world of country sounds. Read More

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