Quote: "They (record label bosses) were on me for years to do a Christmas record and I kept going, 'No'. Finally, we decided to do one and it's just old school. We wanted to make a Perry Como/Johnny Mathis kind of a record, so we went and found the songs and we went that way and I'm really proud of it... When I walked into the studio they had it all Christmased out." Singer Darius Rucker can't wait for fans to hear his new holiday album when it's released later this year (15).
Quote: "He was just living his life, I guess... I'm not mad at him or anything. I thank him for teaching me what not to do because now I just want to be with my kids all of the time." Country star Darius Rucker's absent dad has helped make him a good parent.
Fact: Golf fan and former Hootie & the Blowfish star Darius Rucker had a 47th birthday to remember last month (May13) - his wife Beth booked him 36 holes at his hometown golf club in Charleston, South Carolina and then surprised him with a massage session after his day on the course.
Fact: Blake Shelton has roped in his The Voice co-judge Usher and fellow country star Darius Rucker to perform at his Oklahoma disaster relief benefit on Wednesday (29May13). Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert will also feature Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert, as well as stars including Reba MCEntire and Vince Gill. Proceeds from the event will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund, which will help those affected by the twister which struck the state last week (ends26May13).
Darius Rucker racist tweet has caused an outcry among the Twitter-verse, with the Hootie and the Blowfish singer receiving a rather uncalled for, to say the least, reply to his recent live cover of a Bob Dylan song. The song, 'Wagon Wheel,' was originally penned by Dylan, but achieved it's highest form of recognition when Old Crow Medicine covered the track nearly a decade ago.Darius tweeted a thank you to Dylan and OCM for letting him use the song, his tweet reading; "To Bob Dylan and my friend Ketch Secor and all the boys @crowmedicine thanks for an amazing tune. OCMS is the friiggin real deal. Much love."Darius Rucker gave a reasoned response to the racist outburstHowever the singer could hardly have imagined the response from one particularly intolerant (and musically uneducated) Twitter reveller though. "@dariusrucker Leave country to the white folk," wrote one unsatisfied and blatantly racist Twitter user, with the comment earning a deserved response from an understandably angry Rucker. Rucker's response went like this; "Wow... is this 2013 or 1913? I'll take my grand ole Opry membership and leave your racism. Wow."Needless to say, the whole ordeal has whipped up quite a storm among the online community who are outraged at the comment and full of praise for Rucker's reasonable and restrained response. Darius currently sits at the number two spot on the Billboard Country charts with his version of 'Wagon Wheel,' with the song having peaked at the number one spot. Not that it needed any more condemnation, but looks like the Twitter troll couldn't have been any more wrong.Darius' cover has been well received, by most