Darius Rucker (Hootie and The Blowfish) Rising Country Star

Darius_RuckerDarius Rucker had a 20-year run as lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish and now has become a rising country star.

He already has three No. 1 songs on his debut country album “Learn to Live.” He’s on a national tour with megagroup Rascal Flatts. And he recently won the Country Music Association New Artist of the Year Award.

“I want to have that kind of career. I want to make records that people want to listen to. In 10 or 15 years from now, when I don’t want to do this anymore, I want that to be important to the world of country music.”

Rucker, who was raised in South Carolina, is a huge sports fan and has met a lot of athletes on the road. In fact, pro wrestler Ric Flair does a video introduction to Rucker’s performance on tour, and the Nike-adorned Rucker has played golf with Tiger Woods.

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