You probably know the name Darius Rucker through hits like “Wagon Wheel” and “This“, but what some people may not know is that Rucker got his start as the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, arguably one of the biggest bands of the 90’s.
When Rucker took to pursuing his dream of singing country music, many were doubtful, including at some points, Darius himself.
“I didn’t think I could get a record deal. Like I say all the time, I wouldn’t have given me a record deal,” Rucker explined in a recent interview. “I was a pop guy who had just had this huge success with his band and everything had leveled off. Why would I take a chance with … this new guy in country music? I mean, you know, the pop guy coming on country never works.”
Well the skeptics were wrong, and even though his success in the country music industry has shocked many, none can deny what a force he has become. From opening with a 30 minute set on the Brad Paisley/Dierks Bentley tour to headlining his own tour in Summer 2013, its hard to believe that this is the second chapter of an already illustrious music career.
Rucker has released three country LP’s to date and is nominated for three ACM Awards this year, including one for his recent Grammy-winning rendition of “Wagon Wheel”.