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Rucker raises $220K for St. Jude

Thursday, June 11, 2015 – Darius Rucker raised $220,000 for St. Jude in a charity show and golf tourney this week.

"Darius and Friends," held at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville on Monday was followed by the Celebrity Tee-Off on Tuesday. The 2-day total is almost two times as much as the record $120,000 Rucker earned last year and brings the annual benefit's total contribution to St. Jude to $660,000.

Rucker was the master of ceremonies at the Wildhorse, performing his own set of hits and joining every invited star - Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge, A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Scotty McCreery and Steve Wariner -on stage at some point. Rucker also brought out a horn section so he and Eldredge could explore their mutual love of Frank Sinatra with covers of "Come Fly With Me" and "That's Life."

The South Carolina singer started to show off when he joined A Thousand Horses for a cover of the Black Crowes' "Hard to Handle" and joined Wariner on The Beatles' "Get Back." Rucker finished the night with his now-standard cover of Prince's "Purple Rain."

Eldredge and A Thousand Horses - both opening on Rucker's Southern Style Tour - and McCreery woke up early Tuesday for their tee times, joining Vince Gill, Eric Paslay, JT Hodges, Jon Pardi, Joe Nichols, Cole Swindell, David Nail, Dustin Lynch, James Otto and Jana Kramer.

Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has helped fight childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas

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Although opener "Homegrown Honey" has a few hip-hip sonic elements fueling it, "Southern Style" is a fairly traditional - well, as traditional as Darius Rucker can get - album. "Homegrown Honey," along with the title cut and "Half Full Dixie Cup," make a play for Rucker's Southern credentials, and for the most part support these claims. Rucker is an easygoing vocalist, and this latest effort goes down smoothly. It's still taboo for country »»»
Home for the Holidays CD review - Home for the Holidays
When it came time for Darius Rucker to throw his hat into the holiday album ring, he was clearly aiming for the old school, traditional realm of such things. The heavy orchestration for these 12 songs hearkens back to the days when crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra tracked Christmas projects, rather than anything that might pass for country. With that said, though, Rucker represents himself quite well with this traditional album of (mostly) familiar Christmas songs. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Carlile takes her chances on feeling "Blue" – During a rare moment sitting at the piano and appropriately dressed in blue, Brandi Carlile paraphrased a memorable Joni Mitchell quote. Basically, it went that, if you listen to Joni Mitchell music and only picture Mitchell - but not yourself - something is wrong. While Carlile, who performed Mitchell's "Blue" album in its entirety for... »»»
Concert Review: The Head and the Heart go beyond the nah nahs – "Nah nah," "la la" and "Wee oh" populated a number of songs from The Head and the Heart. Yes, the Seattle-based band does pen a good amount of sing-along songs that were clearly designed that way. And while that style can certainly engage and energize a crowd, there was more to that from the sextet.... »»»
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