Darius Carlos Rucker (born May 13, 1966) is an American singer and songwriter. He first gained fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in 1986 at the University of South Carolina along with Mark Bryan, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, and Dean Felber. The band released five studio albums with him as a member and charted six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Rucker co-wrote most of the songs with the other members. His first country Christmas album, Home for the Holidays (2014) reached No. 31 on the US Billboard 200 chart and No. 7 on the US Country Chart. His fourth country album, Southern Style (2014) reached No. 6 (US Billboard 200) and No. 7 (Billboard US Top Country Albums), respectively with singles Homegrown Honey (#6) and Southern Style (#8) both charting on the U.S. Country charts in 2014 and 2015. His most recent country album When Was the Last Time (2017) charted #8 on the US Billboard 200 and #2 on the US Top Country Albums (Billboard). Here are all of Darius Rucker albums ranked.
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5. When Was The Last Time (2017)
“He has that warm soulful voice and inflects a lot of emotion in all of his music. This collection of tracks does not disappoint. He has the usual blend of poppy boot tapping tracks to the tear jerking ballads that we come to expect. One of the most consistent artists of any genre of music.”
4. Charleston, SC 1966 (2010)
“This CD by Darius Rucker continues in his line of Country Blues. His down-home charm comes through in his voice. He tells stories with his words and paints pictures with his tone. Fresh and cool. Some songs are a bit slow but, overall, I really enjoy this album.”
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3. Learn To Live (2008)
“This album is about life, love, hurt, pain, joy!! You will be able to relate to ALL of the songs on this album. They are all good. I loved his voice and Hootie’s music really complimented his singing. This a rare gem as finding not only good music but good albums nowadays is becoming a rarity!”
2. True Believers (2013)
“This album is a bit slower and more traditional country than the others but is still a good album. If you like country and want to stay away from the usual stuff that is pushed by the commercial junk that is on the radio all the time this is something you may want to add.”
1. Southern Style (2015)
“I love Darius Rucker’s voice and music, but his lyrics are what make him an extraordinary songwriter. Real life people and places, heartbreak and hope, family bonds and a strong, loving relationship with his wife. Funny, touching and true southern style!”