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.