Darius Rucker’s Charleston Roots

December 17, 2012 | By | Comments (3)
Photo by Jeremy Cowart

Photo by Jeremy Cowart

Home Base: Charleston, SC

Occupation: Singer/Songwriter

What’s on his Plate: The June release of his album True Believers

New Year’s Resolution: To get in better shape. “This year I really mean it!”

My family has deep Charleston roots. We’ve lived here for generations. It goes so far back I can’t even tell you where it starts.

Charleston is known for its porch parties. I’ve never technically hosted one, but you find that when you throw a party in Charleston a lot of time is spent on the porch.

My new album has been a year in the making. I’m especially proud of the collaborations with Sheryl Crow (“Love Without You”) and Lady Antebellum (“Wagon Wheel”). I love hearing their amazing voices next to mine. Each act took their respective song to new heights.

The band name “Hootie & the Blowfish” comes from my college days. The band met while students at the University of South Carolina. We had a buddy with big eyes who was nicknamed Hootie. And a friend with big cheeks we called Blowfish. One night they walked into a party and someone said, “Hey, Hootie and the Blowfish are here.” In the back of my mind a voice said, “That would make a great band name.”

I’ll never get tired of singing “Let Her Cry.” It was released in 1994, and I’ve sung it thousands of times. But the audience always has such a strong connection to the song that it will never get old.

I secretly want to be Dwight Yoakam. Ever since the first time I heard his song “I Got You,” I have thought Dwight was the coolest man on the planet.

This past October I was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. I’m only the third African-American, after Charley Pride and DeFord Bailey, to be inducted. It is a tremendous honor to be mentioned alongside these great men and to be a member of the Opry.

Oh my goodness gracious. That right there is my favorite Southern expression. It’s a great catch-all. When you’re at a loss for words—”goodness gracious.” When you’re trying to avoid a curse word—”goodness gracious.”

Yes, sir. No, sir. I always remind my children (Cary, 17, Dani, 11, and Jack, 8) to use “sir” and “ma’am” when speaking to someone.

Perfect days in Charleston aren’t hard to come by. I start by playing golf at Yeamans Hall. Then I head home, round up the kids, and go to my favorite beach, Isle of Palms. Then it’s time for dinner at an amazing local restaurant like Husk or FIG. On a truly perfect day, I’d also play a set somewhere in town. Charleston is my favorite place to perform.

I’d love to cover Bruno Mars and Travie McCoy’s song “Billionaire.” They’re so cool and smooth, I could never do it like them. I’d want a big banjo or steel guitar with drums shuffling through.

My favorite Southern dish is okra soup. I like it in the Charleston style with tomatoes and onion. The best is from the Piggly Wiggly just down the road from my house. Goodness gracious, it’s good.

Darius Rucker

One good thing about music… when it hits, you feel no pain! (B. Marley) – Darius Rucker


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