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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 Salutes James Taylor at 2016 Kennedy Center Honors [Watch]

Darius Rucker gave a once-in-a-lifetime performance during the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors on Tuesday night (Dec. 27). The South Carolina native paid tribute to James Taylor with a powerful medley of "Sweet Baby James" and "Carolina in My Mind."

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Darius Rucker Gets Honest in Emotional ‘If I Told You’ Video

When Darius Rucker’s "If I Told You" video begins, it seems like it may portray the story of a dapper, James-Bond type — or at least a dramatic tale filled with action and romance, starting with its black-and-white cinematography. But the actual story is a lot more personal and stripped-down.

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Darius Rucker ‘Shocked’ to Hear He’s Mentioned in Hillary Clinton Email

With the 2016 presidential election coming to a fierce close on Tuesday (Nov. 8), one of country music's beloved artists has been shockingly thrown into the mix.

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Can Darius Rucker’s ‘If I Told You’ Break Into the Top 10 Countdown?

There are three new music videos entering the Top 10 Poll this week! Darius Rucker's "If I Told You," Josh Abbott Band's "Amnesia" and Chase Rice's "Everybody We Know Does" are the newest additions to the poll, but will they break the Top 10?

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No. 17: Darius Rucker, ‘Wagon Wheel’ – Top Country Songs of the Century

This multi-platinum smash hit for Darius Rucker was originally cut by Old Crow Medicine Show, but came with the group's blessing.

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Watch Out, Darius Rucker! This Dog Might Cover ‘Wagon Wheel’ Better [Watch]

Every dog has its day, and it happens to be this adorable dog's day whenever "Wagon Wheel" comes on the radio.

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Darius Rucker, ‘If I Told You’ [Listen]

Darius Rucker adopts a spoken-word style for the verses of "If I Told You." It's a change of pace that instantly turns heads toward the speakers, but within 60 seconds he's again proving he's the most passionate vocalist in country music.

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Darius Rucker Joins Charley Pride to Sing ‘Kiss an Angel Good Morning’ [Watch]

Charley Pride was the unannounced special guest for Darius Rucker's seventh annual Darius Rucker & Friends Benefit Concert, and the legend left his mark on the night with an memorable performance of "Kiss An Angel Good Morning."

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Darius Rucker Honors Prince, One of His ‘Absolute Idols,’ With ‘Purple Rain’ [Watch]

The music world has lost a legend with the untimely death of Prince. The singer was found dead at his home at Paisley Park in Minnesota on Thursday (April 21). He was 57.

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Darius Rucker Announces 2016 ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic

Darius Rucker will return to host the ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic for the fifth consecutive year this April. Held at TPC Las Vegas on April 2, the golf classic will raise money to benefit the ACM Lifting Lives’ Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, which provides immediate relief to those in need within the music industry.

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