Artist Spotlight: Darius Rucker

Hootie, who? Darius Rucker plays Dorton Arena on Saturday, Oct. 23. Tickets are $20.

Seeing Darius Rucker on Saturday, Oct. 23, is going to be a like a homecoming. Growing up in South Carolina like I did, everyone knew Hootie and the Blowfish and its frontman. Everyone had a “Hootie” story – one of those stories that goes something like, “My cousin was roommates with the dogsitter of Hootie’s neighbor,” or “I bumped into Hootie in a mosh pit at a house party when I went to USC.”

After meeting virtually everyone in South Carolina, except me, Darius Rucker dropped the “Hootie” name and transitioned to country music with 2008’s Learn to Live. Songs like “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” “History in the Making” and “Alright” earned Darius a Best New Artist award at the 2009 CMAs.

Darius continues to earn praise from country fans with his latest track, “Come Back Song,” which is already moving up the Billboard chart. Here’s an inside look at “Come Back Song”:

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The song is the first from his new album, Charleston, SC 1966, which is available in stores on Oct. 12, only 11 days before he plays Dorton Arena. Tickets for the Oct. 23 concert are just $20 and are available starting tommorrow, Sept. 1, at 8 a.m. from our website.

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Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.

One Comment

  1. You guys have lost your mind. Darius Rucker is awesome, but there is absolutely no fair show that’s worth $20 to see in Dorton Arena. You guys realize it’s got some of the worst acoustics ever seen by any venue on this universe right?

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