Rucker looks ahead with "When Was the Last Time"
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
– Darius Rucker announced the release of his fifth studio country album, "When Was the Last Time," on the TODAY Show this morning
The Capitol Records Nashville release is out Oct. 20. Rucker released second single, a song he wrote with Derek George and Travis Hill, "For The First Time" to country radio yesterday. The song is the follow-up to his number one single, "If I Told You" his eighth chart topper.
Ross Copperman (Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldredge, Keith Urban produced the new disc.
"On top of being a genius with the equipment, Ross is so high-energy and funny; that kid is never not laughing," he said in an interview with Billboard, adding, "Every time we were in the studio we had a great band who had great ideas of their own, so it was the farthest thing from tedious, but just, let's get in and do it. I think for the whole record we spent just three days tracking music."
Rucker, an avid golfer and passionate fan of the game, will host a new monthly show in SiriusXM's 23/7 golf channel, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. On Par with Darius Rucker will debut tomorrow, July 26 at 3p.m. eastern.
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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. ...
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 ...
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. ...