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Darius Rucker Stops in Bemidji

By Melissa Mathies and Kelsey Jacobson

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Photo by Heather Foner

On Thursday, November 13th, A Thousand Horses and David Nail opened for Darius Rucker at the Sanford Center. The show began at 7:30 PM and Darius Rucker took the stage at 9:00 PM.

A Thousand Horses performed their latest songs from their album Southernality. They left the audience singing to “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” and “Landside” off their current album, which came out on June 9th of this year. This album was much different from the deep, county songs Michael Hobby, the main singer of A Thousand Horses, is known for. The audience stood up and started dancing to their last songs of the night, which included “Smoke” and “Heartbeat” which brought the audience together clapping their hands. “Smoke” was the band’s first big hit off their Southernality CD.

David Nail, a Missouri native, dreamed of a music career his whole life. He first moved to Nashville soon after high school, and received a record deal which never got off the ground. He went back to Missouri for some time, but wasn’t ready to give up on his music, so he moved back to Nashville and in 2007 received a record deal with MCA Nashville. His first album was released in 2009. In 2011, his second album was released which featured his hit song, “Let it Rain,” which hit number one in 2012. Next he released, “I’m a Fire,” which was also his headline for his part of the show. He performed his hit songs “Whatever She’s Got,” “Kiss You Tonight,” and “Night’s On Fire.”

Rucker then took the stage from Nail and opened up with “Lighter Up,” from his new album Southern Style. He also sang songs from Hootie and The Blowfish, the band Rucker first began his singing career with.

Rucker lit up the stage with a mix of old and new songs, which left the crowd wanting more. He had the crowd singing and dancing along to his most popular songs with his acoustic guitar. Rucker sang “History in the Making”, to which he commented on how couples use this song for their weddings, and how blessed he was to share this with the crowd.

Rucker then performed “Alright”, a carefree song about loving the one you are with, which was his first hit in country music. Rucker also performed “It Won’t be Like This for Long” and also tried his hand at Tim McGraw’s “Back When.”

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Photo by Heather Foner

He also talked about how he finds himself missing his kids growing up as he is on the road at least half of the year and then dedicated one of his songs to his family back home in South Carolina. Rucker also performed a song with A Thousand Horses and Nail later on that night. He played three more songs for the audience when the crowd demanded an encore which included, “Wagon Wheel” and “Purple Rain”, and joked around with the audience about how cold it was to be playing here in Bemidji.

Rucker also included a new song, “So I sang” that has never been released before, bringing emotion to the crowd as he teared up singing to his deceased ‘mama.

Rucker sure brought Southern Style to Bemidji and much more.