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Rucker tells his story

Monday, June 10, 2013 – "Songtellers with Darius Rucker: The Story of True Believers" premierer\s Thursday, June 20 at 10 p.m. eastern on Great American Country.

Filmed at Nashville's Belcourt Theatre, Rucker shares the stage with each of the co-writers from his just-released chart-topping LP, "True Believers," and before they perform their collaboration, share inside stories and jokes about their writing process.

"Back in the Hootie days all the songs I wrote, I wrote by myself. I used to think I had to be inspired to write something and I learned in Nashville that you can write whenever you want," said Rucker.

"This record is so much my life. Either the life I'm living now or the life I have lived or the life I want to live," Rucker said before performing Radio, a song about the time when car radio was king, with writers Luke Laird and Ashley Gorley. All-star songwriters appearing in the 60-minute special include Rucker's producer Frank Rogers (Miss You), Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins (Heartbreak Road), Bob DiPiero (Lie To Me), Phillip White and Mark Nesler (Lost In You) and Josh Kear (True Believers, I Will Love You Still). Artist Mallary Hope joins Rucker on stage, providing vocals on I Will Love You Still.

Rucker's two-week number one hit, Wagon Wheel (Bob Dylan, Ketch Secor) was the finale with all the songwriters on stage for a group sing. "When we were playing and I was looking around, I couldn't count the number ones from the guys that were on that stage, and it was just deep to realize that all those guys took their time to write with me."

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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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
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