By Kelsey Jacobson and Melissa Mathies
When Darius Rucker writes his songs, he tries to convey the way he lives to his fans. Over the past few years, he has been digging deeper within his country roots. Rucker was pushed as an artist into the pop world, where many country artists are led, but remains true to himself and his music. Growing up after his mother passed away, Rucker wasn’t comfortable expressing himself with words, so instead he expressed himself through melody, which lead to his career in music.
Rucker started his music career in 1986 as the front man for Hootie and the Blowfish, a well-known rock band that attained multi-platinum status in 2009. The band released three albums before Rucker went off to begin his solo career. He first dipped his toes into the R&B scene and released his album Back to Then in 2002.
In 2008, he released his first country album, Learn to Live, which featured the hit song “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” His songs, “Alright” and “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” shortly followed, earning top spots in 2009.
Rucker has since released three more albums in country music including, Charleston, SC 1966, which includes his hit song “Come Back Song.” True Believers followed, which topped the Billboard Country Album charts with solo number one hit singles, and features his hit song, “Wagon Wheel.” Rucker also won a Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance for “Wagon Wheel” in 2014. In his latest album, Southern Style, Rucker pushed himself out of his comfort zone and experimented with his vocal range.
Southern Style, released in 2014, features the songs “Southern Style” and “Homegrown Honey.”
Rucker’s Southern Style tour will arrive in Bemidji, MN on November 12th at the Sanford Center. Doors open at 6:30 PM, the show starts at 7:30 PM. Rucker will also be joined by A Thousand Horses.
A Thousand Horses formed in 2010 in Tennessee. In 2014, they released their album Southernality, which includes their hit songs “Smoke” and “(This ain’t no) Drunk Dial.”
Tickets are still on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com or by going to the box office at the Sanford Center. You can also win tickets by participating in The Northern Student’s contest. Like and share our page for a chance to win two tickets to the show.
Hope to see you there, Bemidji!