Thursday, December 30, 2010

A new kind of country music star.

   Born May 13, 1966 in Charleston, South Carolina, Darius Rucker has made a name with the country music world.  Darius first started out with a band he helped form at the University of South Carolina.  The band was a local bar hit with it's cover songs of other bands.  They soon became known as "Hootie and the Blowfish".
    Hootie and the Blowfish went on to record 5 albums and have 6 top 40 hits.  They were the "it" band of the early 1990's.  A soulful voice led this group and motivated millions of people to sing out loud.  Rucker tried to release his own r&b album in 2002 with little fan fare.  
    In 2008, he released his first "country" album to an outstanding review. With this album Darius lends his soulful voice to make people think about life.  Think about tomorrow.  Think about it all.  Raised in a household with a total of 14 kids Rucker constantly sang throughout his childhood.  A father he never knew was a great tenor according to legend.  
    In 1991 Rucker's mother passed away at the young age of 51 years old.  In his sadness, he wrote one of the greatest if not the greatest Hootie and the Blowfish songs ever.  "I'm going home".  If you've never heard early Rucker music I beg of you to pick up some Hootie and the Blowfish albums.  This man's music can not be ignored!
    Some of the songs he has recorded are "Time, Hold my hand, I'm going home".  Then his country music career takes off with some of the greatest songs ever written and sang.  Some examples are: "Don't think I don't think about you, It won't be like this for long, Alright, History in the making, Come back song and This."
     Do me a favor and get some of these albums.  Do me a favor and go and see Darius in concert!  I promise you that you won't be dissapointed!  This is today's Bob Dylan!  Listen to the lyrics and sing along my friends!

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