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Do you recognize the name? Darius Rucker was the lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish. He hit the country scene about 6 months or so ago with his first single "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" which was really good!

He just released his second single off his first country project a couple weeks ago and, boy, does it tug at the heartstrings. It's called "It Won't Be Like This For Long."

Darius will be peforming on Friday, February 13th at a casino about an hour southwest of here. Up to this point we haven't bought tickets but in the last couple of days we've been talking about it. Country radio has really embraced him and the rest of the country music scene seems just as receptive.

I don't think he has a video for his latest song (if he has I haven't found it) but I found this YouTube video of an appearance at a radio station.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohgVoj1q ... re=related
 

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I love the song "Don't Think I Don't Think About It"! I turn it up loud everytime I hear it on the radio or TV! :D I haven't heard the new one yet, or see the commercial!
 

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I told my husband that was him the first time I heard that song, and he wouldn't believe me! Me knows my Hootie when I hears him! :lol:

That commercial is so funny! Oh my! I don't remember seeing that. :lol:
 

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I really liked the Hootie music...this stuff, not so much.
 

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You notice there's an unspoken thing in the music world that goes like this -- If and when your career in (whatever other type of music) is drying up, try to make it in country. Country will take anybody. Recent examples are Jewel, Darius Rucker, Jessica Simpson, and even people like Kellie Pickler and Bucky Covington, who surely would never have made it in any other genre of music.
 

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You notice there's an unspoken thing in the music world that goes like this -- If and when your career in (whatever other type of music) is drying up, try to make it in country. Country will take anybody.
Wait a minute! You probably didn't mean it offensively but that kind of hurts, being a lifelong Country fan. Many Country songs can, and do, have lots of meaning and depth and they're not all just a bunch of empty-headed guitar-twanging, straw-chewing dorks.

Personally, as far as Jessica Simpson's crossover, I don't like her at all and I know of quite a few others who feel the same. I don't think she'll last in Nashville much longer either. I feel the same way about Jewel. I just don't think she fits. She's too "folky." Have you heard of Allison Krause? I feel the same way about her. I don't think she fits the Country radio standards but she has a HUGE following in the folk music industry. She has had quite a few duets with other artists that have done really well on Country radio, though.

As for Bucky, I really didn't like his first single at all (the content dated him since he's so young) but all of his following songs have been really good IMO.

I'm still on the fence about Kelly Pickler. I really didn't like her at all at first but she has had a couple good songs out. Darius Rucker, though, I think he's really good! There's something about his voice that I really like! It just sounds country to me. I also enjoyed him as the frontman for Hootie, BTW.

The problem I think with both Bucky and Kelly is that they were reality show winners, which generally are not anything like the people who have been in their local bar circuit for years trying to get a break in Nashville. Those performers generally don't last long or it takes a while to be accepted. The one exception to that rule (and a HUGE exception) is Carrie Underwood. She's phenomenal, IMO! I got the chance to see her perform at the State Fair here 3 years ago and her voice is amazing.

OK, I'll get off my soapbox now. :lol: That's just how I feel about it all.
 

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Oh, I totally agree about liking country. I listen to it almost 2 hours a day on my long commute and like almost everything on there. The most recent CD I bought was Jimmy Wayne. So no argument there . . . it's really the only music being produced anymore with likable melodies.

It's just funny to me that people whose career is dissolving often give it a try in country. Another example is Tom Jones, who even had a country period in the '70s. Even Joe the Plumber was going to come out with country. We won't call it "desperate." We'll just say that country music is "inclusive." :p
 
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