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Darius Rucker

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Darius Rucker is one of the most intriguing success stories in country music. He is one of the very few rock musicians to successfully cross over into country, and perhaps the only contemporary one to stay. He’s also one of a very few African American performers to succeed in the country genre. Rucker was very well-established in a career as the singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, and had also released one R&B solo album when he signed to Capitol Records Nashville in 2008. He released his country debut, ‘Learn to Live,’ later that year, and scored a No. 1 hit with its lead single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” marking the first time a black solo performer held the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart since Charley Pride in 1983. He followed up with two more No. 1 hits, “It Won’t Be Like This for Long” and “Alright,” from the same project. Rucker has followed up with three more country solo albums, and built an impressive resume in the genre that rivals his previous rock career, with additional No. 1 hits including “Come Back Song,” “This” and “Wagon Wheel.” He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2012.

  • Full Name: Darius Carlos Rucker
  • Top Songs: "Wagon Wheel," "Come Back Song"
  • Did You Know? Rucker performed at Tiger Woods' wedding, and his father's funeral.
  • Further Reading: Top 10 Darius Rucker Songs
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Darius Rucker Extends Southern Style Tour Into Fall

Darius Rucker's summer tour has been so successful, he has decided to add another run of dates that will extend into the fall.

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Darius Rucker Pays Tribute to Lives Lost in Charleston With ‘Amazing Grace’ [Watch]

Darius Rucker is proud to call Charleston, S.C. his home — now more than ever following the tragic shootings that took nine lives at the city’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week.

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Darius Rucker and Friends Raise $220K for Cancer Research

The numbers are in, and they show that Darius Rucker and his friends know how to do some pretty incredible things. Like raise over $220,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Frank Sinatra Covers Among Highlights of Darius and Friends Benefit Concert

Brett Eldredge is a huge Frank Sinatra fan. Darius Rucker is a huge Frank Sinatra fan. They may not have had a total "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" moment but the result was the same. During Eldredge's set at the sixth-annual Darius and Friends concert for St. Jude, the two country stars introduced a horn section before breaking into back-to-back Ol' Blue Eyes songs.

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Reba McEntire to Perform at the CMT Music Awards for First Time in a Decade

Country, EDM and a queen — oh my! The 2015 CMT Music Awards air live from Nashville on Wednesday night (June 10), and this year's show is shaping out to be an exciting one.

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Brad Paisley Reveals What Country Stars Thought of His ‘Crushin’ It’ Cartoon

When notorious prankster Brad Paisley released his hand-drawn, country-stars-as-super-heroes video for his new single "Crushin' It," sides were splitting and eyes were rolling all over the country music world. And that's just what he was hoping for.

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Darius Rucker Gives Veteran a New Home on ‘Today’ Show [Watch]

Darius Rucker is known for his philanthropy outside his music career, most notably his Darius and Friends annual benefit concert for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. But the singer took his generosity even further on Wednesday (May 13) when he surprised a veteran with a brand new home.

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Darius Rucker Offering Fans Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for a Good Cause

Next month, you could be playing golf alongside Darius Rucker and a bunch of his famous friends, just one day after kicking it VIP style at the Darius and Friends St. Jude benefit concert in Nashville.

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Remember When Darius Rucker Was in a Burger King Commercial?

Before Darius Rucker went country, he went country for Burger King! That's the Hootie and the Blowfish singer dressed in his best country duds to sell Burger King's tender crisp, bacon cheddar ranch sandwich. He's far from the only celebrity to star in the spot, however.

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Nothing Weird Here: iHeartRadio Country Festival Keeps Austin Country [Pictures]

'Keep Austin Weird' is the slogan in the capital city of Texas, but on Saturday night (May 2), Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, the Band Perry and a handful of others kept it country for the second-annual iHeartRadio Country Festival.

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