Darius Rucker Didn’t Use His “Hootie” Fame To Make It Big In Country Music 

Posted: 6:07 am Friday, March 24th, 2017

By Staff Writer


It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, its a good thing. And one of the few rock acts to successfully crossover to country is the man himself, Darius Rucker. And it wasn’t as easy for him to do as you might think. It’s worth talking about HOW he made that happen. He said it’s because he checked his ego at the door and did all the things that new artists are supposed to do. Quote, “I didn’t walk in saying, ‘Hey man, I’m Darius from Hootie and the Blowfish, you all should be playing my records.’ “I went in and shook hands and kissed babies and said, ‘Hey man, here’s my record. If you like it, play it . . . if not, I understand.'” Now here’s the ironic part. Apparently, country music had a bit of a lull in the midnineties, and people blamed Hootie and the Blowfish . . . because their music sounded “too country.” Quote, “[People] told me, ‘Yeah, we blame you guys for taking our audience away.’ I was like ‘Wow, okay. Hope I can bring a couple people back, I guess.’ But that was crazy, because our music wasn’t that much different than country music.”