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