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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 Is ‘Moved’ by the Work at St. Jude

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is one of the biggest nonprofits in the U.S., serving thousands of sick children and their families at no cost to them...

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Darius Rucker, Justin Moore + More to Perform at Country on the River 2017

Darius Rucker and Justin Moore have been announced as headliners for Country on the River 2017, which is set for August in Wisconsin.

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Country Stars Praise Luke Bryan’s Super Bowl Performance, Patriots Win

On Sunday night (Feb. 5), millions of football fans were glued to their television screens as they watched the New England Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl LI. Country stars were some of the viewers, many of whom praised Luke Bryan for his performance of the National Anthem at the start of the big game.

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Darius Rucker Pranked By ‘Rings’ Girl on ‘Today’ [Watch]

Darius Rucker made an appearance on the Today show on Thursday (Jan. 26) and got a good scare from a popular horror movie character.

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Darius Rucker Honored by St. Jude for Long-time Support

Darius Rucker was honored by St. Jude Children’s Hospital for his long-time commitment to supporting the organization with his time, talent and contributions over the years. The singer was given the Randy Owen Angels Among Us award, which recognizes individuals who have “made exceptional and lasting contributions” to St. Jude through their “unique commitment and humanitarian spirit,” according to the news release.

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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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