Darius Rucker delivers some down-home Southern comfort and more on his sixth country album, Carolyn’s Boy, inviting listeners to share in the warmth and authenticity that define him.
Darius Rucker, known for seamlessly blending his versatile baritone into both his rock and country careers, is back in the spotlight with Carolyn’s Boy, a 14-track ode to his Southern roots that includes chart-toppers like the No. 1 hit "Beers And Sunshine" and the single, "Fires Don’t Start Themselves." The album's title holds a special significance, paying respect to Rucker's late mother, Carolyn. It’s a personal tribute to the woman he holds dearest, with Rucker describing it as an "homage to the greatest woman I’ve ever known."
Crafted by the experienced hands of songwriters Chris LaCorte, Matt Rogers, and Josh Osborne, the standout track "Southern Comfort" takes listeners on a heartfelt journey through the essence of the South, a region steeped in tradition, hospitality, and the joy of shared moments. "Beers And Sunshine," "Fires Don’t Start Themselves," and "Have A Good Time" also surface as singular tracks on the record, which marks Rucker’s return after a six-year hiatus.
Reflecting on the creative process, Rucker shares, "It’s been six years… We had so much to write about, so I took my time, got with some great guys, got some great songs and I’m really excited for people to hear it."
Rucker famously got his start with Hootie & The Blowfish, the Grammy Award-winning band that achieved superstar status with a debut album that went 21x(!) Platinum, a rare feat indeed. Since drifting more into country music in 2008, Rucker has carved his own niche, earning four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart and 10 No. 1 singles at Country radio. His honors also include a Grammy Award for Best Solo Country Performance and induction into the Grand Ole Opry.
Beyond music, Rucker is a committed philanthropist, actively contributing to causes like the construction of the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through annual benefit concerts. His involvement extends to supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation and serving as a National Chair for the National Museum of African American Music. He also has a love for sports expressed through his Darius Rucker Collection apparel line and involvement in the Music City Baseball investment group, working towards bringing an MLB team to Tennessee. Additionally, he serves as a partner at the MGC Sports & Entertainment agency.