Darius Rucker At Grand Ole Opry
Darius Rucker's charismatic baritone and catchy songwriting have brought him great success in the country music world. Rucker began performing as singer and rhythm guitarist for the rock group Hootie and the Blowfish and is now a chart-topping country star.
Rucker grew up as part of a large family in Charleston, South Carolina. He began performing music while he was at the University of South Carolina and his former band, Hootie and the Blowfish, made five albums with six songs charting within the Billboard Top Forty.
Rucker debuted at the Grand Ole Opry in July 2008. He was invited to become an Opry member October 2, 2012, when his friend Brad Paisley interrupted Rucker's set to extend the invitation. Rucker will be formally inducted on October 16.
Rucker's first country album, Learn to Live, went platinum and contained three No. 1 hits, “Don't Think I Don't Think About It,” “Alright,” and “It Won't Be Like This For Long”. His second album, 2010's Charleston, SC 1966, produced two more No. 1 hits, “Come Back Song” and “This.” Rucker won the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year Award in 2008, becoming the first African American to ever win that award, and the second African American artist to receive any CMA award.