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Rucker raises $49K for St. Jude

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 – Darius Rucker unofficially kicked-off the 2010 CMA Music Festival on Monday, with his inaugural "Darius and Friends" St. Jude benefit concert raising almost $50,000.

The event, which featured performances by Radney Foster, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson and Jake Owen, sold-out the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville, raising $48,720 for St. Jude cancer research.

"I got to perform three songs with Radney Foster - the man who inspired me to get into music," Rucker said. I could not have envisioned a better night. I'm so thankful to the staff at St. Jude, my management team at McGhee Entertainment, the artists, my band and everyone that made this event such a success."

Rucker performed classics, like Dobie Gray's Drift Away with Houser, in addition to hits from his solo country record, "Learn to Live." Following Jake Owen's performance, Rucker rejoined his band to perform his new single, Come Back Song, for the first time. The single will impact radio on June 28 and will appear on his sophomore album on Capitol Records Nashville, slated to hit shelves this October.

The evening's finale, a performance of Family Tradition, featured all the artists on stage as well as a surprise guest appearance by Kid Rock on guitar.

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When Was the Last Time CD review - When Was the Last Time
Darius Rucker is so darn likeable, he likely gets away with creating subpar music more than most. However, "When Was the Last Time" is a consistently good album, which is as respectable as it is likeable. Rucker knows how to sing crowd pleasers, like the fun and funny "Count the Beers" and the all-star collaboration "Straight to Hell," which also features Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley. He shines brightest, though, on the more serious songs. »»»
Southern Style CD review - Southern Style
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. »»»