Darius Rucker Love Country Music
by Snehashree Mandal for Country Music News International
When music is the dream, even the song in the shower could become famous. This is precisely what happened to Rucker when Bryan heard him singing in the shower. The group made six studio albums over the years. A rhythm guitarist and a lead singer in the world of music, Darius Rucker is a three-time Grammy award winner for the best country solo “Wagon Wheel.” Since 1986, Darius Rucker had been the lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish which emerged during his college days.
His deeply drenched voice echoes in every heart whenever he comes up on stage. His last album “Imperfect Circle” was released on 1st November 2019. In early 2008, Capitol Records Nashville signed him as a country musician, and since then Darius took it as his day job wishing to continue in it till it gets over. His first solo was “Don’t think I don’t think about it” that charted at number 51 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of 2008. Rucker continuously toured various music stations in the country fully realising he was the new kid of the block. Darius is considered an engaging personality by the masses, and when his solo “Don’t think I don’t think about it,” charted at the top, he became so emotional that tears filled his eyes.
Darius debuted the Grand Ole Opry finally in 2008. It was only on 2nd October, 2012 that Rucker was finally called to join the grand ole Opry. Rucker has sung the National Anthem quite a few times. Once he sang it when a game was played between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. On another time Darius sang in the Saints-Dolphin match in 2017. He also sang it for the outback bowl, in the NBA finals and again in 2016 for the Indianapolis 500.
How did Darius transcend the barriers
He is one of those few men who is slowly transcending the barriers the world has created around us. Everywhere he goes, he meets many dozens of people who tell him how much they enjoy country music despite being Blacks. He always responds to them gleefully, heartily welcoming them every time they have made it. Struggles have always been a part of this die-hard enthusiast and made his dreams in his three-room apartment that he shared with his single mother, his two aunts, grandmother and often with 14 children. Music had always been vital for him, and as a young boy, he sang everywhere he could- in church choirs, in school choirs and his mom’s R&B albums.
What is it that’s so magnetic about him?
Above anything, his achievements become even more significant due to the charity work he does for sick and downtrodden children. Apart from all of it, his singing has raised millions for building a new hospital for MUSC Children’s Hospital located in Charleston, SC where his mother served 30 years and where he serves as a board member. Finally, all we can say is that Darius has been rising to become a true human being ever since he has begun his journey into the world of music. All he has been doing is slowly connecting his soul with many others through the path of lovely music using his ‘never ageing’ voice for all good.