Darius Rucker

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Even Country Music Is Ready for Marijuana Legalization

    It has been rough and rocky traveling for cannabis cowboys for most of the 40 years since "Me and Paul," the hounded-by-the-Man classic in which Willie Nelson tipped off like-minded longhairs to the presence of narcs in Laredo. "If you're staying in a motel there," he warned dryly, "don't leave noth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    The Best Country Albums of 2013

    The most frequent complaint non-country listeners make about today's Nashville is that the music doesn't sound like it used to. That's true. But it's not that the hitmakers have abandoned their base -- it's that they've annexed the audiences abandoned by rock when rock went crabby after Nirvana. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Do You Know the Difference Between Pearl Jam and Hootie? Take Our Quiz

    Did you know that there are people out there--kids, mostly--who can't tell Pearl Jam and Hootie and the Blowfish apart? No, seriously, we've witnessed it with our own eyes. See also: You Are Old: Pearl Jam Twenty

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    PSYched Out: The Today Show's Obsession With Psy

    One of television's longest-running programs, NBC's Today, has recently gone from venerable to vulnerable within the span of about a year. Thanks to more missteps than a line of drunken novice cloggers attempting the Riverdance, the morning show now finds itself routinely rated behind its main compe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Blake Shelton Wants to Nail You in a Nice-Guy Sort Of Way: Rating the Top Country Hits

    Every couple weeks, we take a hard listen to the music in which millions of Americans soak. Questions raised by this round of top country music singles: Did you know country stations are the only radio home for new songs (like Blake Shelton's) built on Babyface-style slow-bump R&B heartbeat rhythms ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Radio Hits One: Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie And Countrified Pop Tunes

    After Kelly Clarkson went to No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart last year with the Jason Aldean duet "Don't You Wanna Stay," I wondered hopefully if the Texas-born pop star would finally go country with her next album. So I was a little disappointed a few months later, when she debuted the bla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Live: LMFAO Get The Prudential Center Party Rocking

    LMFAO w/Far East Movement, The Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, Eva Simons and Natalia Kills The Prudential Center Friday, June 29 Better than: You'd expect. The problem with an LMFAO concert, I realize three songs into the LMFAO concert, is that even the biggest of LMFAO fans don't want to hear more th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Six '90s Hits One Direction Should Cover Next

    Saturday afternoon I spent some time at the Beacon Theater for a matinee performance by the British boy band One Direction, who played three shows (two at the Beacon, one at the Izod Center) in the area over the course of the long weekend. It was an extended version of the opening set they played at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Live: Lady Antebellum Cross Genres, Get Gooey At Radio City

    Lady Antebellum w/Darius Rucker, Thompson Square Radio City Music Hall Thursday, March 3 Better than: Most things that can actually be described as antebellum. Two years ago, "Need You Now" pushed Lady Antebellum, a soulful country trio with a chart-topping record and single, out of Nashville and ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 2, 2012


    Lady Antebellum get mushy 
at Radio City Music Hall

  • Voice Choices

    July 1, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 16, 2007
  • Music

    August 16, 2005

    Chewing Wild Oats on the Farm

    Darius Rucker proves that inoffensiveness still has its heartland place

  • Music

    December 1, 1998