Rucker serves up "Beer And Sunshine"
Thursday, August 6, 2020
– Darius Rucker is out with a new summer single "Beers And Sunshine."
Written via a physically distanced Zoom writing session with producer Ross Copperman and fellow songwriters Josh Osborne and J.T. Harding, Rucker sings about turning off the divisive headlines on TV and focusing on "beers and sunshine / bonfires and summertime / back porch nights in South Carolina."
This is Rucker's first country single since "First Time" in 2018.
"It's certainly been a hard year so far with a lot of heaviness around us constantly," said Rucker, who was slated to tour with Hootie and the Blowfish. "Like it says in the song, I don't know how we fix any of these big, real issues that we're facing, but while we work through this time I think it's important that we find the silver lining where we can really enjoy the little moments and the simple joys of time spent together with friends and family."
Rucker also kicked off the month of August with the announcement that his latest "Darius & Friends" event has raised $255,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, adding to the event's decade-plus total of more than $2 million. Those who missed the 11th annual concert - featuring a '90s country theme with friends Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence - can purchase passes to re-watch the stream and continue supporting the fundraising efforts at LiveXLive.com/Darius through Oct. 28.
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