Darius Rucker Revealed In NYC
Two-time GRAMMY winner Darius Rucker was featured in the latest installment of GRAMMY Artists Revealed on Dec. 13 at the Highline Ballroom in New York. Presented by The Recording Academy in partnership with MasterCard Worldwide, the event showcased Rucker in an intimate storyteller setting, performing an acoustic set consisting of selections from his catalog and cover songs, including Hootie & The Blowfish's GRAMMY-winning hit "Let Her Cry" and "Hold My Hand," country solo hits such as "This" and "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," and Steve Miller Band's "The Joker."
Rucker began his career as frontman of the popular pop/blues-rock band Hootie & The Blowfish. The band gained an international following after the release of their 1994 album, Cracked Rear View, which earned them two GRAMMY Awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "Let Her Cry" at the 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Growing up in Charleston, S.C., and later attending the University of South Carolina, Rucker found his early musical roots in a variety of artists such as Otis Redding and Radney Foster, which later inspired his solo efforts in both the R&B and country genres.
Following his switch to country in 2008, his breakout single "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" from the album Learn To Live earned him a spot at the top of Billboard's Country Songs chart. Rucker released two additional No. 1 singles from the same album, making him the first country artist to top the chart with their first three singles since 1992. Released in 2010, his sophomore country album, Charleston, SC 1966, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and featured the No. 1 Country Songs hits "Come Back Song" and "This." Rucker is scheduled to kick off a U.S. tour in January.