about darius rucker


As the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker changed the face of mainstream pop/rock in the mid-'90s. Songs like "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be with You" peppered Hootie & the Blowfish's popular debut, which eventually sold over 16 million copies and became one of the most successful albums of all time. Hootie & the Blowfish never revisited that meteoric success again, however, and the band took a break from recording after the release of Musical Chairs in 1998. Rucker used his free time wisely and launched a solo career, which allowed the singer to explore his R&B and country influences.
Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Rucker was exposed to the sounds of Otis Redding, Al Green, and Gladys Knight at an early age. Those R&B icons helped influence Hootie & the Blowfish's recordings, all of which emphasized Rucker's soulful baritone, but it wasn't until the singer's solo career that he truly paid homage to the sounds of his youth. Rucker planned to jump-start his solo career with The Return of Mongo Slade, which was slated for a summer 2001 release by Atlantic Records, but contractual changes prevented the album's release. A few months later, Rucker jumped ship for Hidden Beach Recordings, which then acquired the master recordings of his debut from Atlantic.

After making a cameo in the Farrelly brothers' movie Shallow Hal, Rucker introduced his mellow, R&B-influenced style with 2002's Back to Then, which featured collaborations with Jill Scott and Snoop Dogg. Rucker then returned his focus to Hootie & the Blowfish, releasing two albums with the group during the early 2000s, before revisiting his solo career. This time, he opted for a country approach, and the twangy Learn to Live found an appropriate home among country music fans (who sent both the album and its flagship single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," to the top of the Billboard country charts).

~ Andrew Leahey & MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide








tour dates



April 2010

23 - Rancho Mirage, CA - The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort
24 - Thackerville, OK - Winstar World Casino
25 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

May 2010

1 - Niagara Falls, NY - Niagara University
2 - Montclair, NJ - The Wellmont Theater
21 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre (w/ Brad Paisley)
22 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live (w/ Brad Paisley)
23 - Lowell, MA - Lowell Memorial Auditorium
27 - Chicago, IL - Joe's Sports Bar
28 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center (w/ Brad Paisley)
29 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre St. Louis (w/ Brad Paisley)
30 - Norman, OK - Riverwind Casino

June  2010

4 - Toledo, OH - The Huntington Center (w/ Brad Paisley)
5 - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center (w/ Brad Paisley)
6 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center (w/ Brad Paisley)
7 - Nashville, TN - Wildhorse Saloon
11 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre (w/ Brad Paisley)
12 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion (w/ Brad Paisley)
13 - Nashville, TN - CMA Music Festival
16 - Chattanooga, TN - Riverbend Festival
18 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (w/ Brad Paisley)
19 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center (w/ Brad Paisley)
20 - Martin, MI - US 131 Motorsports Park
23 - Oshkosh, WI - Country USA Music Festival
25 - Manhattan, KS - Country Stampede
26 - North Platte, NE - Wild West Arena
27 - Cadott, WI - Chippewa Valley

July 2010

2 - Hinesville, GA - Fort Stewart Army Base
16 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (w/ Brad Paisley)
17 - Moline, IL - iWireless Center (w/ Brad Paisley)
22 - Toronto, Ontario - Molson Amphitheatre (w/ Brad Paisley)
23 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center (w/ Brad Paisley)
24 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center (w/ Brad Paisley)
25 - Hyannis, MA - Cape Cod Melody Tent
29 - Hankinson, ND - Dakota Magic Casino Hotel
30 - Minot, ND - North Dakota State Fairgrounds
31 - Great Falls, MT - Montana State Fair

August 2010

3 - Columbus, OH - Ohio Expo Center
5 - Hidalgo, TX - State Farm Arena (w/ Brad Paisley)
6 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (w/ Brad Paisley)
7 - Dallas, TX - Superpages.com Center (w/ Brad Paisley)
12 - Daytona Beach, FL - Ocean Center (w/ Brad Paisley)
13 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre (w/ Brad Paisley)
14 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre (w/ Brad Paisley)
19 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair
21 - Foxboro, MA - Gillette Stadium
22 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fair
27 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/ Brad Paisley)
28 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion (w/ Brad Paisley)
29 - Chesapeake, VA - Chesapeake City Park


September 2010

9 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena (w/ Brad Paisley)
10 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater (w/ Brad Paisley)
11 - Quincy, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre (w/ Brad Paisley)
12 - Pomona, CA - Los Angeles County Fair
15 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre (w/ Brad Paisley)
17 - Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (w/ Brad Paisley)
18 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Wireless Pavilion (w/ Brad Paisley)
19 - Albuquerque, NM - The Pavilion (w/ Brad Paisley)
23 - Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena (w/ Brad Paisley)
24 - Salt Lake City, UT - Usana Amphitheatre (w/ Brad Paisley)
25 - Englewood, CO - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre (w/ Brad Paisley)
26 - Billings, MT - Rimrock Auto Arena at Metrapark (w/ Brad Paisley)
30 - Bozeman, MT - Brick Breeden Fieldhouse (w/ Brad Paisley)


October 2010

23 - Raleigh, NC - North Carolina State Fair
24 - Columbia, SC - South Carolina State Fair
28 - Greenville, SC - Peace Center Amphitheatre
29 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
30 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi


November 2010

4 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
5 - Springfield, MO - O'Reilly Family Event Center
6 - Hinckley, MN - Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center
14 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

[Note: The following tour dates have been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur]












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